Texas Vernon’s Civil Statutes
Sec. § 2.03
References to Certain Law


A reference to a statute made in this article includes a reference to any regulation, rule, order, or notice made by a governmental entity with the authority under law to adopt the regulation, rule, order, or notice, and on which the governmental entity intends persons to rely, as appropriate.

(b)

Between November 1 of each year and the first Monday in January of the following year, the board of trustees shall hold an election to elect one member of the board of trustees. If only one firefighter or retiree is nominated for a position under Subsection (c) of this section, instead of holding an election, the board of trustees may appoint the sole nominated candidate at the first board meeting in January. The board shall adopt procedures for the appointment of a sole nominated candidate under this subsection. A board member appointed under this subsection is considered elected for purposes of this Act.

(c)

Each election is by secret written ballot on a date the board of trustees determines. Only persons who have been nominated may be listed on the written ballot. Nominations may be made in person, by mail, or by telephone to the office of the fund and must be received between September 1 and September 15.

(d)

The board of trustees shall certify the results of each election. A newly elected board member takes office at the first board meeting in January.

(e)

The elected members of the board of trustees hold office for staggered terms of three years, with the term of one trustee expiring each year. Elected members of the board of trustees shall serve during the term for which they are elected and until their successors are elected and have qualified, unless a vacancy results because of death, resignation, or removal.

(f)

A vacancy in the position of an elected member of the board of trustees shall be filled for the remainder of that persons term at an election to be held on a date selected by the board of trustees that must be within 60 days after the date of the event that caused the vacancy.

(g)

The firefighter or retiree receiving the highest number of votes cast in an election under this section is elected, except that if no person receives a majority of the votes cast, a runoff election shall be held between the two persons receiving the highest number of votes. A runoff election is held on a date determined by the board of trustees, and the person receiving the higher number of votes in the runoff election is elected.

(h)

The administrative expenses of an election under this section may be paid from the assets of the fund. Assets of the fund may not be used to pay campaign expenses incurred by or for a member. Administrative office supplies and equipment belonging to the fund may not be used to assist any candidate or person seeking to assist a candidate for a position on the board of trustees.

(b)

The members of the board who are retiree representatives may resign or may be removed by a vote of the group eligible to elect them.

(c)

A petition for removal under this section must be filed with the board within 45 days after the date the first signature on the petition is obtained. A signature is invalid if it is not dated.

(d)

A removal election under this section must be held and completed within 90 days after the date the board certifies that a proper petition for a removal election has been signed by at least 20 percent of the membership from which the trustee was elected. A trustees term of service ends on the entry of an order by the board declaring that a majority of the votes cast in a removal election under this section favor removal.

(e)

On the date the board enters an order under Subsection (d) of this section, the board shall call a special election to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term of the trustee who was removed. The trustee who was removed is not eligible to run in the special election but is eligible to run in all subsequent board elections.

(b)

A petition for removal under this section must be filed with the board within 45 days after the date the first signature on the petition was obtained. A signature is not valid if it is not dated.

(c)

A removal election must be held within 90 days after the date the board certifies that a proper petition for a removal election has been signed by at least 20 percent of the persons eligible to vote to elect the trustee. A trustees term of service ends on the entry of an order by the board declaring that a majority of the votes cast in a removal election under this section favor removal.

(d)

On the date the board enters an order under Subsection (c) of this section, the board shall call a special election to be held not less than 20 and not more than 30 days after that date to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term of the trustee who was removed. The trustee who was removed is not eligible to run in the special election but is eligible to run in all subsequent elections in which the person is otherwise eligible to run.

(b)

A vacancy on the initial board shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the unexpired term.

(c)

The Commissioners Court of Gaines County and the governing bodies of the cities of Seminole and Seagraves shall each appoint one initial director to serve a term expiring on May 1 of the first year after the year in which the original appointment is made. In addition, the Commissioners Court of Gaines County shall appoint two initial directors and the governing bodies of the cities of Seminole and Seagraves shall each appoint one initial director to serve terms expiring on May 1 of the second year after the year in which the original appointment is made. Successor directors serve two-year terms.
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