Chapter 265-1 ADMINISTRATION
|(1)||The State Board of Registration for Professional Geologists shall administer the provisions of the Act. The Board shall consist of five (5) geologists and one (1) public member, appointed by the Governor, approved by the Secretary of State and confirmed by the Senate, and the Commissioner of Natural Resources or his designated agent as an ex officio member.|
|(2)||Each member of the Board shall be a citizen of the United States, and shall have been a resident of this State for the six (6) months immediately preceding his appointment. Each of the first appointed geologist members of the Board shall be a qualified geologist; each subsequent geologist members of the Board shall be a geologist registered under the Act. Members of the following professional categories shall be represented on the Board: One (1) academic geologist, one (1) governmental geologist, one (1) salaried company geologist, one (1) independent or consultant geologist, one (1) geologist at large, plus the Commissioner of Natural Resources or his designated agent as a permanent ex officio member.|
|(3)||The members of the Board, with the exception of the ex officio member, shall be appointed to serve for a term of five years. Appointed members of the Board shall hold office until the expiration of the term for which they were appointed and until their successors have been appointed and qualified. On the expiration of the term of any member, his successor shall be appointed in like manner by the Governor for a term of five (5) years.|
|(4)||The members of said Board shall, before entering the discharge of their duty, subscribe to and file with the Secretary of State the constitutional oath of officers, whereupon the Secretary of State shall issue to said appointee, certificates of appointment to said appointee.|
|(5)||No person shall serve as a member of the Board for more than one (1) consecutive five (5) year term.|
The Board may determine procedures whereby recommendations may be made to the Governor for nominations to the Board.
The Governor may remove any member of the Board for misconduct, incompetency, neglect of duty, or any other sufficient causes. Vacancies in the membership of the Board shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the Governor as provided for herein.
The Headquarters of the Board shall be the office of the Joint Secretary, State Examining Boards, 166 Pryor Street, S. W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303. The public may obtain information and submit requests at the office of the Joint Secretary.
|(1)||The Board shall hold at least two (2) regular meetings each year. Four (4) members shall constitute a quorum. An affirmative vote of a majority of the members present shall be necessary to transact business. Special meetings of the Board shall be called by the Division Director upon the written request of the Chairman or any two (2) members, by giving each member of the Board at least seven (7) days' notice of such meeting and the time and place at which such meeting is to be held. Notice of all meetings shall be given as may be provided in the regulations.|
|(2)||The Board shall follow Robert's Rules of Order with the exception that the Chairman and the ex officio member shall be full voting members.|
|(3)||The Board meetings shall be open to the public and the Board shall keep a public record of its proceedings except when the Board goes into executive session to discuss applications and other personal information submitted by applicants; or the information, favorable or unfavorable, submitted by a reference concerning an applicant; or to deliberate with respect to an application, complaint or a disciplinary proceeding.|
The Board shall annually elect a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman. The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Board, appoint committees and perform the usual duties of his office, and the Vice-Chairman shall perform all such duties in the absence of the Chairman.
|(1)||The Division Director shall serve as Secretary of the Board and, perform for the Board those duties set forth in O.C.G.A. Title 43, Chapter 1.|
The Board shall adopt a seal for its own use and shall have the words "Georgia State Board of Registration for Professional Geologists" inscribed thereon, and the Joint Secretary shall have the care and custody thereof.