(1)Subject to the provisions of section 13 of article XII of the state constitution, the commissioner shall appoint such animal protection agents as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this article.
(2)The commissioner may appoint agents who are employees of the state, Colorado-based nonprofit corporations, municipal corporations, counties, cities, cities and counties, or any other local governmental entity or political subdivision of the state.
(3)When agents who are employees of nonprofit corporations are appointed, the corporation shall furnish evidence of minimum liability insurance covering said agent in the amount of one hundred thousand dollars. The state shall not be liable for the actions of such agents. Agents of the bureau shall submit to training as specified by the commissioner.
(4)Agents of the bureau who have completed training as specified by the commissioner are vested with the power to conduct investigations and issue summonses and complaints to enforce the provisions of part 2 of article 9 of title 18 and article 80 of this title 35 as granted peace officers pursuant to section 16-2-104, and are designated as peace officers, as described in sections 16-2.5-101 and 16-2.5-118.
(5)The commissioner may, in his discretion, revoke the commission of any agent.
(6)The commissioner may in his discretion determine classifications and subclassifications for commissions of agent.
(7)Agents authorized to investigate cases involving livestock shall be employees of the division or the division of brand inspection of the department or any sheriffs when appointed and within their jurisdiction.
(8)All commissions issued by the commissioner shall expire on the anniversary date of issuance.
(9)A commission may, in the discretion of the commissioner, be renewed.
(10)All commissions shall be approved by the state agricultural commission.
Section 35-42-107 — Bureau personnel - appointment,
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