(a) The Board of Registration for Sanitarians is continued and commencing July 1, 2010, shall be known as the State Board of Sanitarians. Any member of the board, except one registered sanitarian, in office on July 1, 2010, may continue to serve until his or her successor has been appointed and qualified.
(b) Prior to July 1, 2010, the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint one certified sanitarian to replace one registered sanitarian.
(c) Commencing July 1, 2010, the board shall consist of the following seven voting members with staggered terms and 1 non-voting member:
(1) The Commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health, or his or her designee, who is a nonvoting member;
(2) Four members who are registered sanitarians, who are voting members;
(3) One member who has a certificate as a sanitarian at the time of the appointment, who is a voting member: Provided, That if the member becomes a registered sanitarian during his or her appointment term, then the person may not be reappointed as the certified sanitarian member, but may be reappointed as a registered sanitarian member; and
(4) Two citizen members, who are not licensed, certified or permitted under the provisions of this article, and who do not perform any services related to the practice of the professions regulated under the provisions of this article, who are voting members.
(d) Each voting member must be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and must be a resident of this state during the appointment term.
(e) The term of each voting board member is five years.
(f) No voting member may serve more than two consecutive full terms and any voting member having served two full terms may not be appointed for one year after completion of his or her second full term. A voting member shall continue to serve until his or her successor has been appointed and qualified.
(g) Each licensed or certified member shall have been engaged in the practice of environmental health science or public health sanitation for at least five years immediately preceding the appointment.
(h) Each licensed or certified member shall maintain an active license or certificate with the board during his or her term.
(i) The Governor may remove any voting member from the board for neglect of duty, incompetency or official misconduct.
(j) A licensed or certified member of the board immediately and automatically forfeits membership to the board if his or her license or certificate to practice is suspended or revoked.
(k) A voting member of the board immediately and automatically forfeits membership to the board if he or she is convicted of a felony under the laws of any jurisdiction or becomes a nonresident of this state.
(l) The board shall designate one of its members as chairperson who serves at the will of the board.
(m) Each voting member of the board is entitled to receive compensation and expense reimbursement in accordance with section eleven, article one of this chapter.
(n) A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum.
(o) The board shall hold at least two annual meetings. Other meetings may be held at the call of the chairperson, or upon the written request of two members, at such time and place as designated in the call or request.
(p) Prior to commencing his or her duties as a voting member of the board, each voting member shall take and subscribe to the oath required by section five, article four of the Constitution of this state.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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