Section 5-2A-61

Created; commissioner and deputy commissioner generally; examiners; disclosure of information by officers; seal of commissioner.

(a) There is hereby created a Savings and Loan Bureau which shall be a bureau of the State Banking Department.

(b) The bureau shall be set up, established and administered by the Savings and Loan Commissioner under the executive direction and control of the State Banking Department, and the commissioner shall be the same person as the Superintendent of Banks. The Deputy Superintendent of Banks shall be the deputy commissioner. The salaries of the commissioner and the deputy commissioner shall be payable out of the treasury, as the salaries of other state officials are paid, and the commissioner and his deputy shall be allowed and paid for necessary travelling expenses while travelling upon official business as provided in Article 2 of Chapter 7 of Title 36.

(c) The deputy commissioner shall serve as secretary at the meetings of the Savings and Loan Board.

(d) The Savings and Loan Commissioner, with the approval of the Governor, shall appoint one or more savings and loan examiners, who shall be bank examiners, and the bank examiners so appointed shall not receive additional compensation for their services as savings and loan examiners. The deputy commissioner and the savings and loan examiners of the savings and loan bureau shall be under the direct control of the commissioner.

(e) The expenses of the Savings and Loan Bureau shall be audited and paid in the same manner as salaries and expenses of the other state departments.

(f) The commissioner and his deputy commissioner shall not be interested in any association, directly or indirectly, either as creditor, investor, director, officer, employee or borrower.

(g) Neither the commissioner nor any officer or employee of the Savings and Loan Bureau shall be personally liable for any acts done in good faith while in the performance of his duties provided by law.

(h) The commissioner, his deputy and the savings and loan examiners shall receive no compensation whatsoever from any association.

(i) The commissioner, his deputy and savings and loan examiners shall not divulge any information acquired by them in the discharge of their duties as prescribed by this title, except insofar as the same may be rendered necessary by law or under order of a court in an action involving the Savings and Loan Bureau or in criminal actions; provided, that the commissioner may furnish information as to the condition of any association to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, the Home Owners' Loan Corporation, any federal home loan bank or the savings and loan department of other states.

(j) The commissioner shall have a seal of office containing the words "Savings and Loan Commissioner of Alabama" in the form of a circle and the words "Seal" and "State of Alabama" shall be contained within the circle.

(Acts 1939, No. 459, p. 616; Code 1940, T. 5, §242; Code 1975, §5-2-61.)