Service upon the sheriff of a paper other than process may be made by delivering it
or a copy thereof to him or to one of his deputies or to a person in charge of his
office during office hours, or, if no such person is there, by leaving it in a conspicuous
place in the office. When any process remains with the sheriff unexecuted, in whole or in part, at the
time of his death, resignation of office or at the expiration of his office such process
shall be executed by his successor in office; and when the sheriff sells real estate
under and by virtue of an execution or order of court he or his successor in office
shall execute and deliver to the purchaser all such deeds and conveyances as are required
by law and necessary for that purpose, and such deeds and conveyances shall be as
valid in law as if they had been executed by the sheriff who made the sale.
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