Section 5-17-55

Credit Union Board created; composition; appeals.

(a) There shall be a Credit Union Board of the Alabama Credit Union Administration which shall consist of the administrator, who shall be an ex officio member and chairman of the board, and seven other persons, appointed by the Governor, by and with the consent of the Senate. Four of these persons shall be appointed from a list of nominees submitted by the Credit Union Board of the Alabama Credit Union Administration, in consultation with the League of Southeastern Credit Union or its successor organization, which shall submit not less than three nominees for any vacancy. Should the Governor determine that none of the first three nominees submitted by the Credit Union Board for a vacancy on the Credit Union Board are acceptable, the Governor may reject the three nominees and the Credit Union Board shall submit an alternative list of three nominees to the Governor from which the Governor shall make the appointment. The remaining three appointments to the Credit Union Board shall be made by the Governor from a list of nominees submitted by credit unions at large. No person is eligible to be nominated or appointed to the Credit Union Board unless at the time of nomination or appointment, the person is an officer, director, or manager of a state-chartered credit union and has at least five years' experience in the 10 years next preceding appointment as an officer, director, or manager of a credit union. The position of any member of the Credit Union Board shall be declared vacant by the Administrator of the Alabama Credit Union Administration if the member of the Credit Union Board ceases to serve as an officer, director, or manager of a credit union chartered under the laws of the State of Alabama.

(b) The seven appointees by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate, shall serve for the terms designated by the Governor for each person upon appointment of the persons. Of the seven persons appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate, three persons shall serve terms expiring on February 1 of the first year following passage hereof, two persons shall serve terms expiring on February 1 of the second year following passage hereof and two persons shall serve terms expiring on February 1 of the third year following passage hereof. Successors shall be appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate, for terms of three years each, so that the terms of two or three of the seven appointed members will expire on February 1 of each year. An allowance for correction of terms may be permitted from time to time or as necessary. Upon the expiration of their terms of office, members of the board shall continue to serve until their successors are appointed and have qualified.

(c) If a member of the Credit Union Board of the Alabama Credit Union Administration fails to attend regular meetings of the board for three consecutive meetings, or otherwise fails to perform the duties devolving upon him or her as a member of the Credit Union Board of the Alabama Credit Union Administration, is convicted of a felony or any other crime involving moral turpitude, or ceases to be an officer, director, or manager of a credit union, the office of the member shall be declared vacant by the administrator. The office of the board member shall be deemed to be vacated on the thirty-first day after mailing of a notice to the board member that his or her position is being vacated unless the board member files an appeal with the Credit Union Board prior to the thirty-first day after mailing of notice. Except that no appeal is authorized if the member's position is declared vacant by reason of conviction of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude.

Any person who is notified that his or her position on the board has been declared vacant by the administrator may, within 30 days after mailing of the notice that the position has been declared vacant, appeal to the other members of the Credit Union Board by written notice of appeal received by the administrator within the time period.

Upon a finding of good cause for the failure to attend meetings or otherwise perform duties, or upon a finding that there is a compelling reason for reinstating the member, a majority of board members may reinstate the person to the position. When the member appeals to the Credit Union Board, unless reinstated by the board within 30 calendar days after appeal, the position on the board shall be deemed to be vacant on the thirty-first day after receipt by the administrator of the member's written notice of the appeal. The administrator shall call a meeting to hear the appeal within 30 calendar days after receipt of the notice of appeal. The board member who has received notice that the position will be declared vacant shall have the right to present at any hearing dealing with the position being declared vacant, but shall not have the right to vote on any issue until he or she is reinstated by the Credit Union Board.

(d) If by reason of death, resignation, removal from office or otherwise a vacancy occurs on the Credit Union Board, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment of the Governor and the appointee shall hold office until the Senate meets and passes on the appointment. If the appointment is disapproved by the Senate, another appointment shall be made by the Governor, and appointments must be made in like manner until an appointment is confirmed by the Senate. Any person so appointed shall serve the balance of the unexpired term for which the appointment is made. The seven appointed members of the Credit Union Board shall be persons of good character. Five of the seven shall have at least five years' experience in the 10 years next preceding appointment to the Credit Union Board either as an officer, director, or manager of a credit union organized under the laws of the State of Alabama.

(e) An appeal may be taken to the Credit Union Board from any finding, ruling, order, decision, or the final action of the administrator by any credit union which feels aggrieved thereby. Notice of appeal shall be filed with the administrator within 30 calendar days after the findings, ruling, order, decision, or other action. The notice shall contain a brief statement of the pertinent facts upon which the appeal is grounded. The Credit Union Board shall fix a date, time, and place for hearing the appeal, within 60 calendar days after it is filed, and shall notify the credit union or its attorney of record thereof at least 30 calendar days prior to the date of the hearing. The finding of the Credit Union Board shall be strictly advisory in nature.

(Acts 1985, No. 85-457, p. 425, §32; Acts 1995, No. 95-315, p. 667, §1; Act 2015-168, §1; Act 2016-133, §1.)