Section 24-1-24

Composition of authority; compensation of commissioners; quorum; officers and employees; delegation of powers and duties by authority.

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), an authority shall consist of five commissioners appointed by the mayor, who shall designate the first chair. None of the commissioners may be city officials. The commissioners who are first appointed shall be designated by the mayor to serve for terms of one, two, three, four, and five years, respectively, from the date of their appointment. Thereafter, the term of office shall be five years. A commissioner shall hold office until his or her successor has been appointed and has qualified. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term. Three commissioners shall constitute a quorum. The mayor shall file with the city clerk a certificate of the appointment or reappointment of any commissioner and such certificate shall be conclusive evidence of the due and proper appointment of such commissioner. A commissioner shall receive no compensation for his or her services but he or she shall be entitled to the necessary expenses including traveling expenses incurred in the discharge of his or her duties. However, commissioners serving on the authority board located in any Class 7 municipality, as defined in Section 11-40-12, may receive such compensation as set by the council. This compensation is not mandatory and the amount and whether or not such compensation is to be paid is within the discretion of the council. The authority may, in its discretion, refuse to pay any compensation authorized by the council in such Class 7 municipalities. When the office of the first chair of the authority becomes vacant, the authority shall select a chair from among its members. An authority shall select from among its members a vice-chair, and it may employ a secretary, who shall be executive director, technical experts, attorneys and such other officers, agents, and employees, permanent and temporary, as it may require and shall determine their qualifications, duties, and compensation. An authority may delegate to one or more of its agents or employees such power or duties as it may deem proper.

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), a housing authority of a Class 5 municipality having the mayor/commission/city manager form of government organized under Chapter 44E of Title 11, shall consist of seven members appointed by the mayor. The terms of office of the two additional members shall be staggered with one member appointed for five years. Thereafter, the term of all members shall be five years. Four members shall constitute a quorum.

(Acts 1935, No. 56, p. 126; Code 1940, T. 25, §8; Acts 1981, No. 81-807, p. 1433; Act 2018-557, §1.)