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44.04 PERSONNEL BOARD.
    Subdivision 1. Appointment, terms, oath. Within 30 days after the effective date of the
merit system ordinance in any municipality, a personnel board shall be appointed. Except as
provided in subdivisions 2 and 3, the board shall consist of three members and be appointed by
the mayor with the consent of the council. Each member shall serve for a term of three years,
except that of the members first appointed, one shall be appointed for a term of one year, one for
a term of two years, and one for a term of three years; and each shall serve until a successor is
appointed and qualified. A member may be removed by the mayor with the consent of the council
for cause after written notice and an opportunity to be heard. No member shall hold any other
municipal position. Before entering upon the duties of office, each member shall subscribe and
file with the city clerk or recorder an oath for the faithful discharge of the duties. A chair shall be
elected under such rules as the board may adopt.
    Subd. 2. Police or firefighter's civil service commission, as personnel board. When a
merit system ordinance is adopted in any municipality having a police or firefighter's civil service
commission, the existing commission shall become the personnel board and its members shall
serve for the duration of terms for which they were originally appointed. Successors shall be
appointed for three-year terms as provided in subdivision 1.
    Subd. 3. Membership reduced. When a merit system ordinance is adopted in any
municipality having both police and fire civil service commissions, all the members of such
commission shall become the members of the board established under sections 44.01 to 44.16 and
shall continue to serve as members of the new board for the remainder of the terms for which they
were originally appointed. No successor shall be appointed for the members whose terms are the
first, third, and fifth of the six to end, but at the end of every other term, one member shall be
appointed for a three-year term, thus reducing the board membership to five by the end of the first
year, four by the end of the second year, and three by the end of the third year.
    Subd. 4. Meetings. The board shall hold regular and special meetings as provided by its rules.
All meetings and hearings shall be open to the public. Two members of the board shall constitute
a quorum. Members shall be paid all necessary expenses. The board shall select a secretary to
serve at the pleasure of the board. The secretary may be a member of the board or an employee
of the municipality. The council may authorize the payment of compensation for the secretary's
services and for the members of the board in an amount to be determined by the council.
History: 1951 c 675 s 4; 1957 c 328 s 1; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1977 c 429 s 63; 1986 c
444; 1987 c 216 s 1