The State Banking Department shall be in the charge of the superintendent, who shall be the chief executive officer of the department. The superintendent shall be a person of good character and shall be neither directly nor indirectly interested in, nor borrow money from, a bank chartered under the laws of this state. Debts of the superintendent existing at the time of his or her appointment with banks chartered under the laws of this state may not be extended or renewed. The superintendent shall be appointed by the Governor by and with the consent of the Senate and his or her salary shall be set by the Governor within a salary range established by the Banking Board. The salary of any Assistant Superintendent of Banks shall be set by the Governor within a salary range established by the Banking Board for the position of Assistant Superintendent of Banks. Sections 36-6-5 and 36-6-6 shall not apply to the Superintendent of Banks. The term of office of the superintendent shall expire on the first day of February after the expiration of the term of office of the Governor making the appointment. If for any reason there is a vacancy in the office while the Senate is not in session, the Governor shall appoint a superintendent who shall hold office and exercise the powers conferred by law upon the office until the Senate meets and passes on the appointment. If the appointment is disapproved by the Senate, the appointee shall vacate the office immediately and another appointment shall be made by the Governor in like manner until an appointment is confirmed by the Senate. To be eligible for appointment as superintendent, a person shall have had at least five years' experience in the 10 years next preceding the appointment either as an officer of an Alabama bank or an examiner or other officer in a federal or state bank supervisory agency, including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the banking departments of the various states or other equivalent experience for at least five years in the 10 years next preceding the appointment.