A public official bond is a type of surety bond designed to generate trust in public officials. These bonds are often required due to the fact that public officials regularly handle money and sensitive information. These bonds are designed to protect taxpayers. In the event of unethical practice or illegal activity, taxpayers will be able to file a claim against that bond to protect themselves and recover any money lost. Examples of bonded public officials include court clerks, commissioners, notaries, deputies, sheriffs and other law enforcement, tax collectors, city managers, city treasurers, judges, mayors, and city officials.