(a) The governor shall appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, the executive director of public defender services, who shall serve at the will and pleasure of the governor. The executive director shall be a qualified administrator as determined by the governor, and shall be a member of the bar of the supreme court of appeals. In addition to the executive director there shall be such other employees as the executive director determines to be necessary. The executive director shall have the authority to promulgate rules, and shall have such other authority and perform such duties as may be required or necessary to effectuate this article. The executive director shall provide supervision and direction to the other agency employees in the performance of their duties.
(b) The executive director's annual salary shall be as determined by the Legislature.
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