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Constitution of the State of Coahuila and Texas (1827)

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Department Police Chiefs, and Subordinate or District Chiefs.

ART. 145. In the capital of each department of the state there shall be an officer charged with the political administration thereof, to be styled Department Police Chief.

ART. 146. To be a department chief it shall be required to be a citizen in the exercise of his rights, to have attained the age of twenty-five years, to be an inhabitant of the state, with three years residence therein, and one of which immediately preceding his election.

ART. 147. The governor on nomination of three by the council supported by reports from the Ayuntamientos of the respective department, shall appoint the department chiefs, except the one in the capital.

ART. 148. The chiefs of department shall be immediately subject to the governor, and in no way to each other.

ART. 149. In the capitol of each district, except the one where the department chief resides, there shall be furthermore, a subordinate or district chief, appointed by the executive on nomination of three by the said chief of department.

ART. 150. The subordinate or district shall possess the same qualifications as the department chiefs, with the difference that the domiciliation and residence must be within the precincts of the same district; and they shall furthermore, have some honorable way of living, sufficient to afford them a suitable support.

ART. 151. The term of office of the district shall be the same as that of the department chiefs, and, on nomination by the latter, they may also continue in office.

ART. 152. No one can decline serving in said trusts, except in case of re-election to the same within four years from the time of serving, or from some other legal cause in the opinion of the governor, who shall resolve after hearing the respective chief of department.

ART. 153. Both of these and the department chief shall be responsible for all their acts of omission against the constitution and general laws of the republic, and those of the states, the former to said chiefs of department, under whose immediate orders they shall act, and the latter to the governor.

ART. 154. The attributes of both chiefs, and the manner they are to exercise the same, shall be detailed in the regulations for the politico-financial administration of the towns.