403.22 Board; membership, administration.
Subdivision 1. General. The Metropolitan Radio Board is established as a political subdivision with jurisdiction in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington. The board shall be organized, structured, and administered as provided in this section. Until funds to administer the board become available under section 403.23, subdivision 19, the Metropolitan Council shall provide office space and administrative support to the board at no cost.
Subd. 2. Membership. (a) The board consists of 21 members. Seventeen members shall be local officials and shall include:
(1) one county commissioner appointed by each respective county board from each of the counties in the board's jurisdiction;
(2) an elected official from each of the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Bloomington appointed by each respective city governing body;
(3) two elected officials from other metropolitan cities appointed by the governor, who shall consider recommendations made by the Association of Metropolitan Municipalities when making these appointments;
(4) an elected official from a county or a city within a county in Minnesota that is contiguous to the metropolitan area appointed by the governor, who shall consider recommendations made by the League of Minnesota Cities when making this appointment;
(5) a sheriff appointed by the governor, who shall consider recommendations made by the Metropolitan Sheriffs Association when making this appointment; and
(6) a police chief appointed by the governor, who shall consider recommendations made by the Minnesota Police Chiefs Association when making this appointment.
The 18th member shall be a member of the Metropolitan Council appointed by the council. The 19th member shall be the director of electronic communications of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The 20th member shall be the commissioner of public safety, or a designee of the commissioner. As provided in section 403.23, subdivision 20, the chair of the Technical Operations Committee serves as the 21st member of the board.
(b) The members shall be appointed within 30 days of the effective date of Laws 1995, chapter 195. Upon the effective date of Laws 1995, chapter 195, the Metropolitan Council shall inform the entities listed in this subdivision of the appointments required by this subdivision and shall provide whatever assistance is necessary to facilitate the appointment process and establish the radio board.
(c) Board members have no set term and remain on the board until a successor is appointed as provided by this subdivision. However, with respect to those board members who, under this subdivision, must be elected officials, a successor must be appointed as provided by this subdivision no later than the date that a member is no longer an elected official, unless the member dies while in office, in which case a successor must be named as soon as practicable.
Subd. 3. Officers. The officers of the board are: chair; vice-chair; secretary; and treasurer. The chair shall preside at all meetings of the board, and in the chair's absence, the vice-chair shall preside. The secretary shall keep a complete record of the minutes of each meeting. The treasurer shall keep the financial records of the board. The chair and vice-chair of the board shall be selected by a majority vote from the members of the board. The secretary and treasurer need not be members of the board.
Subd. 4. Contracts. Contracts and other written instruments of the board shall be signed by the chair or vice-chair and if the board has an executive director, by the executive director of the board pursuant to authority from the board.
Subd. 5. Bylaws. The board shall conduct its business in accordance with bylaws duly adopted by a majority of the board.
Subd. 6. Voting. Each member has one vote. The majority of the voting power of the board constitutes a quorum although a smaller number may adjourn from time to time. Any motion, other than adjournment, shall be favored by a majority of the voting power of the board in order to carry.