(a) The Delaware Real Estate Commission shall consist of 9 members appointed by the Governor: 5 professional members, 4 of whom shall be licensed real estate brokers, and 1 salesperson; and 4 public members. All members shall have been residents of the State for 5 years immediately prior to such appointment.

(1) Four of the professional members shall be brokers: 1 shall be a resident of New Castle County; 1 shall be a resident of Kent County; 1 shall be a resident of Sussex County; and 1 shall maintain an office in the City of Wilmington. Broker members of the Commission shall have been active brokers or salespersons for 5 years immediately prior to their appointment.

(2) One of the professional members shall be a salesperson. The salesperson member shall have been an active salesperson for 4 years immediately prior to that salesperson’s appointment.

(3) Of the 4 public members, at least 1 public member shall be from each county. To serve on the Commission, a public member shall not be, nor have been within the last 8 years of the effective date of appointment, a real estate salesperson or broker, nor a member of the immediate family of a salesperson or broker; shall not be, nor have been with the last 8 years of the effective date of appointment, employed by a real estate broker; shall not have had a financial interest in the providing of goods and services to a real estate broker or salesperson; and shall not be, nor have been within the last 8 years of the effective date of appointment, engaged in an activity directly related to the real estate profession. Such public member shall be accessible to inquiries, comments and suggestions from the general public.

(b) Each member shall serve for a term of 3 years, unless otherwise specified in this chapter; and may succeed himself or herself for 1 additional term; provided, however, that where a member was initially appointed to fill a vacancy, such member may succeed himself or herself for only 1 additional full term. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy on the Commission shall hold office for the remainder of the unexpired term of the former member.

(c) No member of the Real Estate Commission, while serving on the Commission, shall be a president, president-elect, vice-president, secretary, treasurer or other elected official of a professional association of real estate brokers or salespersons.

(d) No current Commissioner shall be subject to the provisions of § 2902(a)(1) and (3) of this title, unless and until the time of such Commissioner’s reappointment to the Delaware Real Estate Commission.

(e) Any act or vote by a person appointed in violation of subsection (b) of this section shall be invalid. An amendment or revision of this chapter is not sufficient cause for any appointment or attempted appointment in violation of subsection (b) of this section, unless such amendment or revision amends this section to permit such an appointment.

(f) The provisions set forth for “employees” in Chapter 58 of Title 29 shall apply to all members of the Commission and to all agents appointed, or otherwise employed by the Commission.

(g) The Governor shall fill vacancies occurring for any reason other than expiration of term for unexpired terms of such Commissioners, and may remove any members of such Board for continued neglect of the duties required by this chapter or for unprofessional or dishonorable conduct.

(h) The members of the Commission shall each receive compensation at the rate of $50 per meeting attended; provided, however, no member shall receive compensation for the year in excess of $500 and the Commission shall not be paid for more than 10 meetings during a calendar year.