Section 11-49B-6

Board of directors.

(a) Each authority shall be governed by a board of directors. All powers of the authority shall be exercised by the board or pursuant to its authorization. The board shall initially be composed of 10 directors, but may be increased to a maximum of 15 directors if additional counties join the regional system. The directors of the authority shall be appointed as follows:

(1) The president of the county commission in the county where the authority is organized shall appoint three members of the board of directors for the county commission with one appointee being an elected county official. All appointees shall be subject to confirmation by the county commission.

(2) The mayor of the Class 1 municipality shall appoint three members of the board of directors for the city with one appointee being an elected city official. All appointees shall be subject to confirmation by the city council.

(3) The president of the mayors association of the county where the authority is organized shall appoint three members of the board of directors with one being a member of the mayors association.

(4) The president of the area regional transportation authority citizens advisory committee in the Class 1 municipality shall be a member of the board.

(5) Any county that borders Jefferson County may join the regional system provided that the county shall meet all of the requirements of Section 11-49B-22, including the submittal and passage of a referendum authorizing the levy of a 1/4 percent privilege license tax against gross sales and gross receipts in the county. The president of the county commission of any county joining the regional system shall appoint one member to the board of directors of the regional system.

(b) The terms of the members of the board of directors shall be as follows:

(1) The terms of the three members appointed by the president of the county commission where the authority is organized shall expire as follows:

a. The term of the first member shall expire on September 30, 1998, and every fourth year thereafter.

b. The term of the second member shall expire on September 30, 1999, and every fourth year thereafter.

c. The term of the third member shall expire on September 30, 2000, and every fourth year thereafter.

(2) The terms of the members appointed by the mayor of the Class 1 municipality and confirmed by the city council shall expire as follows:

a. The term of the first member shall expire on September 30, 1998, and every fourth year thereafter.

b. The term of the second member shall expire on September 30, 1999, and every fourth year thereafter.

c. The term of the third member shall expire on September 30, 2000, and every fourth year thereafter.

(3) The terms of the members appointed by the president of the mayors association located in the county where the authority is organized shall expire as follows:

a. The term of the first member shall expire on September 30, 1998, and every fourth year thereafter.

b. The term of the second member shall expire on September 30, 1999, and every fourth year thereafter.

c. The term of the third member shall expire on September 30, 2000, and every fourth year thereafter.

(4) The term of all other members of the board of directors appointed by the president of the county commission of any county joining the regional system shall expire a year from October 1 of the year of their appointment, and every four years thereafter.

(c) When the term of a member expires, the appointing authority shall appoint a new member for a full term. If a vacancy occurs, within 90 days of the vacancy the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint a replacement to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term.

(d) The appropriate appointing authority may remove a member of the board only for neglect of duty, an unexcused failure to attend more than one of the regularly scheduled meetings held in a calendar year during the term in office of the member, malfeasance, violation of this chapter, or conviction of a felony or other crime of moral turpitude.

(e) Members of the board of directors shall not receive compensation for their service on the board, and shall only receive reimbursement for actual expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties as approved by the board of directors.

(Acts 1997, No. 97-678, p. 1308, §6; Act 97-896, p. 262, §2.)