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12-3403. Same; board of directors; membership, appointment, removal, terms, officers, quorum, expenses. (a) A port authority created in accordance with this act shall be governed by a board of directors. Members of a board of directors of a port authority created by the exclusive action of a city shall consist of the number of members, not less than five, it deems necessary and be appointed by the governing body. Members of a board of directors of a port authority created by the exclusive action of a county shall consist of such members as it deems necessary and be appointed by the county commissioners of such county. Members of a board of directors of a port authority created by a combination of cities and counties shall be divided among such political subdivisions in such proportions as such political subdivisions may agree and appointed in the same manner as this section provides for their appointment when such political subdivision creates its own port authority. When a port authority is created by a combination of political subdivisions, the number of directors composing the board shall be determined by agreement between such political subdivisions. The appointing body may at any time remove a director appointed by it for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance in office.

(b) The directors of any port authority first appointed shall serve staggered terms. Thereafter each successor shall serve for a term of four years, except that any person appointed to fill a vacancy shall be appointed to only the unexpired term and any director shall be eligible for reappointment, and no director shall be removed except for cause, and if removed shall have the right of appeal to the district court of the county from which the director was appointed.

(c) The directors shall elect one of their membership as chairperson and another as vice-chairperson, and shall designate their terms of office, and shall create and appoint such other positions and officers as the directors deem appropriate and provided for in their rules and regulations. A majority of the board of directors shall constitute a quorum, the affirmative vote of which shall be necessary for any action taken by the port authority.

(d) Each member of the board of directors of a port authority shall be entitled to receive from the port authority reimbursement for necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of such director's duties.

History: L. 1969, ch. 89, § 3; L. 1987, ch. 75, § 3; July 1.

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