SEC. 65-1-9. Executive director of Department of Transportation.
The commission shall appoint an executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation for a term of office beginning on April 1, 1993. The person serving as Executive Director of the State Highway Department on June 30, 1992, shall serve until April 1, 1993, as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, and thereafter shall be eligible for reappointment to the position of Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Succeeding terms shall expire on April 1 each four (4) years thereafter. The executive director may be removed by a majority of the commission pursuant to Section 25-9-101 et seq., Mississippi Code of 1972. All appointments by the commission shall be with the advice and consent of the Senate. The commission shall submit its appointment to the Senate not later than March 1 of the year in which a term expires, and if such submission is not made by March 1, the incumbent director shall be deemed to have been reappointed for a four-year term. In the event a vacancy occurs from resignation, death or removal from office by the commission, the commission shall submit its appointment for the unexpired term to the Senate not later than the next March 1 after such vacancy occurs. If no appointment for an unexpired term is submitted to the Senate, the Governor shall make such appointment not later than April 1 of such year. The commission shall fix the compensation of the executive director, subject to approval by the State Personnel Board. The executive director shall be eligible for reappointment. The executive director shall have the following qualifications:
(a) Possess a wide knowledge of the transportation system and needs of Mississippi;
(b) Possess a wide knowledge of the principles of transportation organization and administration; and
(c) Possess selected training or expertise in the field of transportation.
No person who is a member of the Mississippi Transportation Commission, or who has been a member of the transportation commission or of its predecessor, the State Highway Commission, within two (2) years next preceding his appointment, shall be eligible to be chosen as executive director of the department. The executive director shall be the executive officer of the commission and shall be subject to its orders and directions. The executive director shall give his entire time to the duties of his office. Before entering upon the duties of his office, the executive director shall give bond to the State of Mississippi in the sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00), conditioned upon the faithful discharge and performance of his official duty. The principal and surety on such bond shall be liable thereunder to the state for double the amount of value of any money or property which the state may lose, if any, by reason of any wrongful or criminal act of the executive director. Such bond, when approved by the commission, shall be filed with the Secretary of State, and the premium thereon shall be paid from any funds available to the commission.
SOURCES: Codes, 1930, Sec. 4990; 1942, Sec. 8015; Laws, 1930, ch. 47; 1948, ch. 332, Sec. 2; 1977, ch. 350; 1981, ch. 464, Sec. 3, eff from and after July 1, 1981. Laws, 1992, ch. 496, Sec. 6, eff from and after July 1, 1992.