RS 33:4579.1     

§4579.1.  Board of commissioners; appointment; terms; vacancies

A.  The control and management of the affairs of the district shall be vested in a board of commissioners that is hereby created.  The board shall be charged with administering the business and recreational and cultural events and programs undertaken by the district.  All commissioners shall be qualified voters and residents of the parish.  The board shall be composed as follows:

(1)  Two members representing each city within the parish, one appointed by the mayor and one appointed by the governing body of the city.

(2)  One member representing each town or village within the parish appointed jointly by the mayor and the governing body of the municipality.

(3)  Four members appointed by the governing authority of the parish from a list of names submitted by each chamber of commerce within the parish.

(4)  One member appointed by the governor, subject to Senate confirmation.

(5)  One member for, and representing, each organization or entity which the board determines has provided or is providing significant support to the district appointed by the commissioners appointed pursuant to Paragraphs (1) through (4) of this Subsection.

B.(1)  The commissioners shall be appointed for terms of four years, except for those initially appointed.  Of those initially appointed, insofar as practicable, one-third of the members shall be appointed for two years, one-third for three years, and one-third for four years; the length of the term for each individual appointed shall be determined by lot at the initial meeting of the board.  The commissioners shall serve until their successors have been appointed and qualified.

(2)  The commissioners shall elect from their number a chairman, vice chairman, and secretary-treasurer.

(3)  The commissioners shall serve without compensation.

(4)  No elected public official shall be eligible for appointment to the board.

C.  All vacancies occurring on the board shall be filled in the manner of the original appointment.  In the event any member is elected to any public office or removes his residence from the parish from which he was appointed, his membership shall be immediately vacated and a successor shall be immediately appointed.

D.  A majority of the membership of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. No contracts shall be approved or financial obligations incurred by less than a majority of the board.

Acts 1997, No. 1177, §1, eff. July 14, 1997.