Section 1 - Officers and Duties
The Officers of the Board shall be a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, and a representative to the CA Association of Behavioral Health Boards and Commissions. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by Division 5, Chapter 2, of the California Welfare and Institutions Code including any amendments thereto; by the Policy and Guidelines for Advisory Bodies of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma; by these Bylaws; and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Board.
Section 2 - Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee shall function as a temporary committee. The Executive Committee of the Board shall appoint no less than three (3) Board members (excluding members of the Executive Committee) to the Nominating Committee not later than the April meeting each year. It shall be the duty of this committee to select a Slate of Officers (Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Representative to State and Local Mental Health Boards), obtain the verbal consent to serve of those nominated, and report their results at the regular meeting in May.
Section 3 - Election of Officers
The Officers of the Board shall be elected each year at the regular June meeting. The Chairperson of the Nominating Committee shall assume the full Board Chair for the purpose of conducting the election. The Nominating Committee will nominate a Slate of Officers. Additional nominations from the floor shall be permitted. Election shall be held in an open meeting. If there is no quorum when the election is to happen, the election shall be delayed to the following month’s meeting.
Section 4 - Terms of Office
Terms of office shall be for one year and shall begin at the close of the June meeting. No member may hold more than one office at a time, and no member shall be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office. At the discretion of a majority of the Board, any officer may be extended to a third term. Members shall again be eligible for such office after a period of one year.
Section 5 - Removal of Officers.
Any officer may be removed from office and relieved of duties by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board membership at any regular or special meeting.
Section 6 - Special Elections
If an officer resigns or is removed from office, the position shall be filled by a special election within thirty days of such vacancy occurring. Such election shall be conducted at a regular or special Board meeting with nominations being made from the floor. The term of office shall be the remainder of the term of the officer being removed.