(a) The Director of the Securities Commission shall prepare in writing a manual of necessary employee positions for the commission, including job classifications, personnel qualifications, duties, maximum and minimum salary schedules, and other personnel information for approval by the commission.
(b) Subject to the provisions of the Merit System law, the director may select, appoint, and employ such accountants, auditors, financial analysts, special agents and senior special agents, clerks, and other personnel as the director deems necessary for the proper administration of the Alabama securities laws including legal counsel to act as attorneys for the commission in actions or proceedings brought by or against the commission under or pursuant to any provision of law under the commission's jurisdiction, or in which the commission joins or intervenes as to a matter within the commission's jurisdiction, as a friend of the court or otherwise, and stenographic reporters to take and transcribe the testimony in any formal or informal hearing or investigation before the commission or before a person authorized by the commission.
(c) Special agents and senior special agents appointed pursuant to this section shall have the power to investigate matters within the commission's jurisdiction and in such capacity shall have the powers vested in peace officers and shall be considered law enforcement officers of the State of Alabama to enforce the laws of this state pertaining to the operation and administration of the commission and this chapter. Senior special agents and special agents shall exercise their power of arrest only when ordered by both the commission and a court of competent jurisdiction. The commission shall request a suspension or waiver of firearms requalification as provided in Rule 650-X-4.02 of the Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission Code for law enforcement officers who are not required to carry or use a firearm. If a suspension or waiver cannot be obtained, senior special agents and special agents shall not carry firearms, except as required by P.O.S.T. training and continuing education. Nothing herein shall affect subpoena, visitation, examination, or other investigatory powers contained in this chapter.
(d) No person may serve as a special agent or senior special agent unless the person meets the minimum standards established for law enforcement officers by the Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission or other standards as may be hereafter provided by law. Special agents and senior special agents appointed pursuant to subsection (b) shall meet such other additional standards as the director may adopt.