(a) The board of land surveyors shall consist of five (5) professional land surveyors only one of whom may also be a professional engineer and all of whom shall be registered in the state. Each member of the board must be a qualified elector of this state for three (3) years prior to appointment. Each member shall have been engaged in the lawful practice of land surveying for at least seven (7) years and shall have been in responsible charge of surveying work for at least five (5) years.
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 5-8.1-5
- oath: includes affirmation; the word "sworn" includes affirmed; and the word "engaged" includes either sworn or affirmed. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-11.
(b) Each member of the board shall be appointed by the governor, within sixty (60) days of the enactment of this chapter [July 12, 1990], for staggered terms, to serve a term of five (5) years or until his or her successor is appointed and qualified; in the original appointments under this section:
(1) One member shall be appointed for a period of one year,
(2) One member shall be appointed for a period of two (2) years,
(3) One member shall be appointed for a period of three (3) years,
(4) One member shall be appointed for a period of four (4) years, and
(5) One member shall be appointed for a period of five (5) years.
(c) No member of the board of land surveyors shall be associated in the practice of surveying either individually or as a member of a partnership, limited liability partnership, corporation or limited liability company, with any other member of the board.
(d) Vacancies in the membership of the board of land surveyors shall be filled for any unexpired terms by appointment of the governor.
(e) A member appointed for a full term shall not be eligible for more than two (2) consecutive terms.
(f) The governor may remove any member of the board of land surveyors for misconduct, incompetency, neglect of duty, or for any sufficient cause, in the manner prescribed by law for removal of state officials.
(g) Each member of the board of land surveyors shall receive a certificate of his or her appointment from the governor and shall file his or her written oath or affirmation for the faithful discharge of his or her official duties with the secretary of state.
(h) Within thirty (30) days of the appointment of the board, the director or his or her designee shall summon the members of the board to organize and elect a chairperson, vice-chairperson and secretary from the appointed members.
(P.L. 1990, ch. 330, § 2; P.L. 1997, ch. 86, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 56, § 3; P.L. 2004, ch. 63, § 3.)