General and Special Laws of The State of Texas Passed By The Second Called Session of the Sixty-Eighth Legislature and the Regular Session of the Sixty-Ninth Legislature Page: 24
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68th LEGIS-2nd CALLED SESSION
(22) "9-1-1 service system" means a computerized system of processing emergency 9-1-1
(23) "Director" means the director of communication.
SECTION 4. APPLICATION: TERRITORY. (a) This Act applies only to counties with a
population of more than 860,000 according to the most recent federal census.
(b) If a city that is a part of a district annexes additional territory that is not a part of the
district, the annexed territory becomes a part of the district.
SECTION 5. CREATION OF DISTRICT. An emergency communication district may be
created as provided by this Act.
SECTION 6. BOARD OF MANAGERS. (a) The district's governing authority is a board
of managers composed of:
(1) one voting member appointed by the commissioners court of the county;
(2) two voting members appointed by the governing body of the most populous city in the
(3) one voting member appointed by the governing body of the second most populous city in
(4) one voting member appointed to represent the other cities and towns lying wholly or
partly within a county covered by this Act, that appointment to be made by the mayor's council
established to administer urban development block grant funds if such a mayor's council exists,
and if a mayor's council does not exist, then by action of the other board members hereby
established, on the advice and recommendation of the governing bodies of all other cities and
towns lying wholly or partly within a county covered by this Act; and
(5) one nonvoting member appointed by the principal service supplier.
(b) The governing bodies under Subdivision (3) of Subsection (a) of this section by agreement
of their presiding officers shall establish the time and place to meet and the procedures for
selecting members of the board.
(c) Except for the initial members, board members are appointed for staggered terms of two
years, with three members' terms expiring each year. After the appointment of the initial board,
the members shall draw lots to determine the three initial members who will serve one-year
terms and the three initial members who will serve two-year terms. A board member may be
removed from office at will by the governmental entity or organization appointing the member to
the board. All vacancies on the board shall be filled for the unexpired term in the manner
provided for the original appointment.
(d) Members of the board are not entitled to compensation for their services.
(e) The board shall manage, control, and administer the district. The board may adopt rules
for the operation of the district. The board may contract with any public or private entity to
carry out the purposes of this Act, including the operation of a 9-1-1 system.
(f) The board may appoint from its membership a presiding officer and any other officers it
considers necessary. The director of the district or any member of the board may be appointed
as secretary of the board. The board shall require the secretary to keep suitable records of all
proceedings of each meeting of the board. The records shall be read and signed after each
meeting by the presiding officer at the meeting and attested by the secretary.
(g) Unless a quorum is present, the board may not take any binding or final action. Four
voting members of the total membership of the board constitute a quorum.
(h) The district shall pay all reasonable expenses necessarily incurred by the board in
performing its functions under this Act.
(i) Voting members of the board are entitled to meet in executive session as provided by
Chapter 271, Acts of the 60th Legislature, Regular Session, 1967 (Article 6252-17, Vernon's
Texas Civil Statutes).
SECTION 7. DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATION DISTRICT. (a) The board shall
appoint a director of communication for the district who shall serve as the general manager. The
board shall establish the compensation of the director. The director is subject to removal by the
board. The director with approval of the board may employ any experts, employees, and
consultants he considers necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act. The director shall
perform all duties that may be required by the board and shall supervise all the operations of the
district subject to any limitations prescribed by the board. The director must be a person
qualified by training and experience for the position.
(b) One time each year, as soon as practicable after the close of the fiscal year, the director
shall prepare and present to the board and to all participating public agencies a full, sworn,
written statement of all money received by the district and how the money was used. The report
must state in detail the operations of the district for the fiscal year. Under the direction of the
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