(b) Each of the county commissions of the counties of Fayette, Mercer, McDowell, Raleigh and Wyoming shall appoint one member each to the board. The appointees must be affiliated with or knowledgeable in tourism, economic development or heritage preservation. The sixth member shall be appointed by the secretary of education and the arts and shall be the chair. Of the members first appointed by the county commissions, the members representing Fayette, Mercer and Raleigh counties shall be appointed to terms ending the thirtieth day of June, two thousand three, and the members representing McDowell and Wyoming counties shall be appointed to terms ending the thirtieth day of June, two thousand four. Thereafter, persons appointed or reappointed to the board, by the county commissions or the secretary of education and the arts, shall be appointed for terms of two years.
(c) Any appointed member whose term has expired shall serve until his or her successor has been duly appointed. Should a vacancy occur, the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall serve only for the unexpired portion thereof. All members are eligible for reappointment.
(d) Any appointed member of the board shall immediately and automatically forfeit his or her membership on the board if he or she becomes a nonresident of the county from which he or she was appointed.
(e) Each member of the board shall serve without compensation, but shall receive expense reimbursement for all reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of the duties of the office, in the same amount paid to members of the Legislature for their interim duties as recommended by the citizens legislative compensation commission and authorized by law: Provided, That no member shall be reimbursed for expenses paid by a third party.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session