(b) Prior to July 1, 2010, the Governor shall appoint, by and with advice and consent of the Senate:
(1) Two persons who are licensed nursing home administrators, each for a term of five years;
(2) One person who is licensed as a nursing home administrator for a term of four years;
(3) One person who is licensed as a nursing home administrator for a term of three years;
(4) One person who is licensed as a nursing home administrator for a term of two years; and
(5) Two citizen members, who are not licensed under the provisions of this article and who do not perform any services related to the practice of the profession regulated under the provisions of this article, one for a term of four years, and one for a term of three years.
(c) After the initial appointment, the term shall be for five years. All appointments to the board shall be made by the Governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(d) Commencing July 1, 2010, the board is created and shall consist of the following seven voting members and one ex-officio nonvoting member:
(1) Five members who are licensed nursing home administrators; (2) Two citizen members, who are not licensed 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, for a term of three years; and
(3) The Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health or his or her designee is an ex-officio nonvoting member.
(e) Each licensed member of the board, at the time of his or her appointment, must have held a license in this state for a period of not less than five years immediately preceding the appointment.
(f) Each member of the board must be a resident of this state during the appointment term.
(g) A member may not serve more than two consecutive full terms. A member may continue to serve until a successor has been appointed and has qualified.
(h) A vacancy on the board shall be filled by appointment by the Governor for the unexpired term of the member whose office is vacant and the appointment shall be made within sixty days of the vacancy.
(i) The Governor may remove any member from the board for neglect of duty, incompetency or official misconduct.
(j) A member of the board immediately and automatically forfeits membership to the board if his or her license to practice is suspended or revoked, he or she is convicted of a felony under the laws of any jurisdiction, or he or she becomes a nonresident of this state.
(k) The board shall elect annually one of its members as a chairperson and one of its members as a secretary who serve at the will of the board.
(l) Each member of the board is entitled to compensation and expense reimbursement in accordance with article one of this chapter.
(m) A majority of the members of the board constitutes a quorum.
(n) The board shall hold at least two meetings each year. Other meetings may be held at the call of the chairperson or upon the written request of two members, at the time and place as designated in the call or request.
(o) Prior to commencing his or her duties as a member of the board, each 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 2012 1st Special Session