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§220.23.  State inspector general; appointment; term; vacancy; compensation; removal

A.(1)  There shall be a state inspector general, hereinafter referred to as the "inspector general", who shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate.  No person appointed inspector general shall hold or be a candidate for any elective office, including elective political party office, or any other public office or political party office.  No person shall be appointed inspector general who has held any elective office or political party office within two years immediately preceding his appointment.  No former inspector general shall be eligible to qualify as a candidate for any elective office, including elective political party office, nor shall he assume any elective office or political party office within four years after the termination of his service as inspector general.

(2)  If a vacancy exists in the office of the state inspector general for more than six months, then the holder of the next highest level administrative position in the office shall become the inspector general, subject to confirmation by the Senate.

(3)  Not later than one year from the date of appointment, if not already certified, the inspector general shall obtain certification as a Certified Inspector General from the Association of Inspectors General.

B.  The inspector general shall serve a six-year term.

C.  The salary of the inspector general shall be fixed by the governor, which amount shall not exceed the amount approved for such position by the legislature while in session.  The salary of the inspector general may not be reduced by the governor or the legislature during his term of office.

D.(1)  Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection B of this Section, the inspector general may be removed by the governor provided such removal is approved by a majority vote of each house of the legislature.

(2)  In order to obtain the consent of a majority of the elected members of each house of the legislature, the clerk of the House of Representatives and the secretary of the Senate shall prepare and transmit a ballot to each member of the legislature by certified mail with return receipt requested, unless it is determined that the legislature will be in session in time for the ballots to be distributed to them and returned by them during the session.  The ballot shall be uniform and include pertinent information as the clerk and secretary shall determine.

Acts 2008, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 12, §3, eff. April 26, 2008; Acts 2010, No. 861, §21.

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