(a) The chief has the authority to administer oaths and to issue subpoenas requiring the attendance of witnesses to testify under oath in any proceeding and to require witnesses to answer all questions propounded to them. The sheriff or constable in the county in which such witnesses may reside or be found shall execute subpoenas issued as above provided, and they shall each receive for their services in executing such subpoenas the same fees as are allowed them respectively for executing subpoenas in other cases. Any witnesses summoned as above mentioned shall be entitled to the same mileage and per diem as is now allowed by law to such witnesses attending trials in the circuit court.
(b) If any witness subpoenaed as above mentioned shall fail to attend without good excuse, in accordance with the subpoena served on him, or shall fail to testify when attending, the chief before whom said proceedings are being had shall certify to the failure of any witness to attend and testify to a judge of the circuit court in the county where such proceeding is being held. The judge to whom such certificate is made shall cause such witness to appear before him at a time fixed by said judge to show cause why he should not be punished for contempt and shall fine or imprison such witness as such judge may deem proper in case he is found guilty of contempt in the premises.
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