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351.14 DEFINITIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Applicability. The definitions in this section apply to sections 351.14 to
351.23.
    Subd. 2. Malfeasance. "Malfeasance" means the willful commission of an unlawful or
wrongful act in the performance of a public official's duties which is outside the scope of the
authority of the public official and which infringes on the rights of any person or entity.
    Subd. 3. Nonfeasance. "Nonfeasance" means the willful failure to perform a specific act
which is a required part of the duties of the public official.
    Subd. 4. Misfeasance. "Misfeasance" means the negligent performance of the duties of a
public official or the negligent failure to perform a specific act which is a required part of the
duties of the public official.
    Subd. 5. Elected county official. "Elected county official" means any public official who
is elected to countywide office or appointed to an elective countywide office, including county
attorney, county sheriff, county auditor, county recorder, county treasurer, and soil and water
conservation supervisor. "Elected county official" also means a county commissioner elected or
appointed from a commissioner district or a soil and water conservation district supervisor elected
or appointed from a supervisor district established under section 103C.311, subdivision 2.
History: 1986 c 418 s 1; 2003 c 104 s 31