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75.031 Trustees, elections, appointments, terms -- Continued service upon establishment of consolidated local government -- Vacancies -- Removal -- <br>Elections for part of trustees -- Officers. (1) (a) Upon creation of a fire protection district or a volunteer fire department district as provided in KRS 75.010, the affairs of the district shall be <br>conducted by the board of trustees consisting of seven (7) members, four (4) <br>to be elected by the members of the district as hereinafter set out and three (3) <br>to be appointed by the county judge/executive or mayor in a consolidated local <br>government pursuant to the provisions of KRS 67C.139. Two (2) members of <br>the board of trustees shall be elected by the members of the firefighters of the <br>district and shall be members of the district. Two (2) members of the board of <br>trustees shall be property owners who own real or personal property which is <br>subject to the fire protection tax pursuant to KRS 75.040, who personally <br>reside in the district, and who are not active firefighters and shall be elected by <br>the property owners of the district. Property owners voting to select <br>representatives to the board of trustees shall have attained the age of eighteen <br>(18). The county judge/executive of the county in which the greater part of the <br>district is located shall, with the approval of the fiscal court, appoint three (3) <br>members of the board of trustees. In counties containing a city of the first <br>class, trustees appointed by the county judge/executive to serve in volunteer <br>fire prevention districts shall reside within the boundaries of that county. In <br>counties governed by a consolidated local government, trustees appointed by <br>the mayor to serve in volunteer fire prevention districts shall reside within the <br>boundaries of the consolidated local government. At the first election held <br>after the district is formed, one (1) firefighter shall be elected to serve on the <br>board of trustees for a period of one (1) year and one (1) for a period of three <br>(3) years, and one (1) nonfirefighter property owner shall be elected to serve <br>on the board of trustees for a period of two (2) years and one (1) for a period <br>of four (4) years. On the expiration of the respective terms, the successor to <br>each shall have the same qualifications as his or her predecessor and shall be <br>elected for a term of four (4) years. The original appointed members of the <br>board of trustees shall be appointed for terms of one (1), two (2), and three (3) <br>years respectively. On the expiration of the respective terms, the successors to <br>each shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years. Upon the establishment <br>of a consolidated local government, incumbent members shall continue to <br>serve until the expiration of their current term of office. In the event of a <br>vacancy in the term of an appointed or elected trustee, the county <br>judge/executive shall appoint with the approval of the fiscal court a trustee for <br>the remainder of the term, except in a county containing a consolidated local <br>government. In a county containing a consolidated local government, the <br>mayor pursuant to the provisions of KRS 67C.139 shall appoint a trustee for <br>the remainder of the term. (b) An appointed trustee may be removed from office as provided by KRS 65.007. (c) No person shall be an elected trustee who, at the time of his or her election, is not a citizen of Kentucky and has not attained the age of twenty-one (21). (d) Unless otherwise provided by law, an elected firefighter trustee may be removed from office by the mayor of a consolidated local government, or in a <br>county not containing a consolidated local government, by the county <br>judge/executive of the county in which the greater part of the district is <br>located. An elected firefighter trustee may be removed after a hearing with <br>notice as required by KRS Chapter 424, for inefficiency, neglect of duty, <br>malfeasance, or conflict of interest. The hearing shall be initiated and chaired <br>by the county judge/executive of a county or the mayor of a consolidated local <br>government, who shall prepare a written statement setting forth the reasons for <br>removal. The trustee to be removed shall be notified of his or her proposed <br>removal and the reasons for the proposed removal by registered mail sent to <br>his or her last known address at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing. The <br>person proposed to be removed may employ counsel to represent him or her. <br>A record of the hearing shall be made by the county judge/executive or mayor <br>respectively. (e) The removal of an elected firefighter trustee of a fire protection district shall be subject to the approval of the fiscal court of the county in which the greater <br>part of the district is located in those counties not containing a consolidated <br>local government or the legislative council in a county containing a <br>consolidated local government. (f) An elected firefighter trustee removed pursuant to paragraphs (c) and (d) of this subsection may appeal, within ten (10) days of the rendering of the <br>decision of the fiscal court or legislative council, respectively, to the Circuit <br>Court of the county in which the greater part of the district is located. The <br>scope of the appeal shall be limited to whether the county judge/executive, <br>mayor, legislative council, or the fiscal court respectively, abused their <br>discretion in removing the trustee. (2) The elective offices of members of the board of trustees shall be filled by an election to be held once each year on the fourth Saturday of June between the hours <br>of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The polls shall be located at the principal fire house in <br>the district. The date, time, and place of the election shall be advertised in <br>accordance with KRS 424.120. This notice shall be advertised at least thirty (30) <br>days prior to the election date and shall include the names and addresses of the <br>candidates to be voted on for each position of trustee. In lieu of the published notice <br>for the election of the firefighter trustees, written notice containing the information <br>required to be advertised may be sent by first-class mail to each member of the <br>firefighters of the fire protection district or volunteer fire department district, <br>addressed to the firefighter at his or her residence, at least thirty (30) days prior to <br>the election date. The nominations for candidates for trustees both representing the <br>firefighters and the property owners residing in the district shall be made in <br>accordance with the bylaws of the department. The terms of the three (3) trustees <br>appointed by the county judge/executive or mayor shall start at the same time as the terms of the elected trustees. On or before the beginning of the second fiscal or <br>calendar year, depending on which basis the fire protection or volunteer fire <br>department district is being operated, after June 16, 1966, all departments organized <br>prior to June 16, 1966, shall increase their boards of trustees from three (3) to seven <br>(7) members and elect the elective members in the manner set forth herein. (3) The trustees shall elect from their number a chairman, a secretary, and a treasurer, the latter of whom shall give bond in an amount as shall be determined by the <br>county judge/executive of the county in which the greater part of the fire protection <br>district is located or the mayor in a consolidated local government, conditioned <br>upon the faithful discharge of the duties of his or her office, and the faithful <br>accounting for all funds which may come into his or her possession as treasurer. <br>The premiums on the bonds shall be paid out of the funds of the district. Effective: July 13, 2004 <br>History: Amended 2004 Ky. Acts ch. 92, sec. 1, effective July 13, 2004. -- Amended 2002 Ky. Acts ch. 346, sec. 76, effective July 15, 2002. -- Amended 2000 Ky. Acts <br>ch. 348, sec. 1, effective July 14, 2000. -- Amended 1996 Ky. Acts ch. 127, sec. 2, <br>effective July 15, 1996; and ch. 136, sec. 2, effective July 15, 1996. -- Amended <br>1980 Ky. Acts ch. 18, sec. 5, effective July 15, 1980. -- Amended 1978 Ky. Acts <br>ch. 175, sec. 1, effective June 17, 1978; and ch. 384, sec. 20, effective June 17, 1978. <br>-- Amended 1976 (1st Extra. Sess.) Ky. Acts ch. 20, sec. 6, effective January 2, 1978. <br>-- Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 336, sec. 1. -- Created 1966 Ky. Acts ch. 97, sec. 2.

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75.031 Trustees, elections, appointments, terms -- Continued service upon establishment of consolidated local government -- Vacancies -- Removal -- <br>Elections for part of trustees -- Officers. (1) (a) Upon creation of a fire protection district or a volunteer fire department district as provided in KRS 75.010, the affairs of the district shall be <br>conducted by the board of trustees consisting of seven (7) members, four (4) <br>to be elected by the members of the district as hereinafter set out and three (3) <br>to be appointed by the county judge/executive or mayor in a consolidated local <br>government pursuant to the provisions of KRS 67C.139. Two (2) members of <br>the board of trustees shall be elected by the members of the firefighters of the <br>district and shall be members of the district. Two (2) members of the board of <br>trustees shall be property owners who own real or personal property which is <br>subject to the fire protection tax pursuant to KRS 75.040, who personally <br>reside in the district, and who are not active firefighters and shall be elected by <br>the property owners of the district. Property owners voting to select <br>representatives to the board of trustees shall have attained the age of eighteen <br>(18). The county judge/executive of the county in which the greater part of the <br>district is located shall, with the approval of the fiscal court, appoint three (3) <br>members of the board of trustees. In counties containing a city of the first <br>class, trustees appointed by the county judge/executive to serve in volunteer <br>fire prevention districts shall reside within the boundaries of that county. In <br>counties governed by a consolidated local government, trustees appointed by <br>the mayor to serve in volunteer fire prevention districts shall reside within the <br>boundaries of the consolidated local government. At the first election held <br>after the district is formed, one (1) firefighter shall be elected to serve on the <br>board of trustees for a period of one (1) year and one (1) for a period of three <br>(3) years, and one (1) nonfirefighter property owner shall be elected to serve <br>on the board of trustees for a period of two (2) years and one (1) for a period <br>of four (4) years. On the expiration of the respective terms, the successor to <br>each shall have the same qualifications as his or her predecessor and shall be <br>elected for a term of four (4) years. The original appointed members of the <br>board of trustees shall be appointed for terms of one (1), two (2), and three (3) <br>years respectively. On the expiration of the respective terms, the successors to <br>each shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years. Upon the establishment <br>of a consolidated local government, incumbent members shall continue to <br>serve until the expiration of their current term of office. In the event of a <br>vacancy in the term of an appointed or elected trustee, the county <br>judge/executive shall appoint with the approval of the fiscal court a trustee for <br>the remainder of the term, except in a county containing a consolidated local <br>government. In a county containing a consolidated local government, the <br>mayor pursuant to the provisions of KRS 67C.139 shall appoint a trustee for <br>the remainder of the term. (b) An appointed trustee may be removed from office as provided by KRS 65.007. (c) No person shall be an elected trustee who, at the time of his or her election, is not a citizen of Kentucky and has not attained the age of twenty-one (21). (d) Unless otherwise provided by law, an elected firefighter trustee may be removed from office by the mayor of a consolidated local government, or in a <br>county not containing a consolidated local government, by the county <br>judge/executive of the county in which the greater part of the district is <br>located. An elected firefighter trustee may be removed after a hearing with <br>notice as required by KRS Chapter 424, for inefficiency, neglect of duty, <br>malfeasance, or conflict of interest. The hearing shall be initiated and chaired <br>by the county judge/executive of a county or the mayor of a consolidated local <br>government, who shall prepare a written statement setting forth the reasons for <br>removal. The trustee to be removed shall be notified of his or her proposed <br>removal and the reasons for the proposed removal by registered mail sent to <br>his or her last known address at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing. The <br>person proposed to be removed may employ counsel to represent him or her. <br>A record of the hearing shall be made by the county judge/executive or mayor <br>respectively. (e) The removal of an elected firefighter trustee of a fire protection district shall be subject to the approval of the fiscal court of the county in which the greater <br>part of the district is located in those counties not containing a consolidated <br>local government or the legislative council in a county containing a <br>consolidated local government. (f) An elected firefighter trustee removed pursuant to paragraphs (c) and (d) of this subsection may appeal, within ten (10) days of the rendering of the <br>decision of the fiscal court or legislative council, respectively, to the Circuit <br>Court of the county in which the greater part of the district is located. The <br>scope of the appeal shall be limited to whether the county judge/executive, <br>mayor, legislative council, or the fiscal court respectively, abused their <br>discretion in removing the trustee. (2) The elective offices of members of the board of trustees shall be filled by an election to be held once each year on the fourth Saturday of June between the hours <br>of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The polls shall be located at the principal fire house in <br>the district. The date, time, and place of the election shall be advertised in <br>accordance with KRS 424.120. This notice shall be advertised at least thirty (30) <br>days prior to the election date and shall include the names and addresses of the <br>candidates to be voted on for each position of trustee. In lieu of the published notice <br>for the election of the firefighter trustees, written notice containing the information <br>required to be advertised may be sent by first-class mail to each member of the <br>firefighters of the fire protection district or volunteer fire department district, <br>addressed to the firefighter at his or her residence, at least thirty (30) days prior to <br>the election date. The nominations for candidates for trustees both representing the <br>firefighters and the property owners residing in the district shall be made in <br>accordance with the bylaws of the department. The terms of the three (3) trustees <br>appointed by the county judge/executive or mayor shall start at the same time as the terms of the elected trustees. On or before the beginning of the second fiscal or <br>calendar year, depending on which basis the fire protection or volunteer fire <br>department district is being operated, after June 16, 1966, all departments organized <br>prior to June 16, 1966, shall increase their boards of trustees from three (3) to seven <br>(7) members and elect the elective members in the manner set forth herein. (3) The trustees shall elect from their number a chairman, a secretary, and a treasurer, the latter of whom shall give bond in an amount as shall be determined by the <br>county judge/executive of the county in which the greater part of the fire protection <br>district is located or the mayor in a consolidated local government, conditioned <br>upon the faithful discharge of the duties of his or her office, and the faithful <br>accounting for all funds which may come into his or her possession as treasurer. <br>The premiums on the bonds shall be paid out of the funds of the district. Effective: July 13, 2004 <br>History: Amended 2004 Ky. Acts ch. 92, sec. 1, effective July 13, 2004. -- Amended 2002 Ky. Acts ch. 346, sec. 76, effective July 15, 2002. -- Amended 2000 Ky. Acts <br>ch. 348, sec. 1, effective July 14, 2000. -- Amended 1996 Ky. Acts ch. 127, sec. 2, <br>effective July 15, 1996; and ch. 136, sec. 2, effective July 15, 1996. -- Amended <br>1980 Ky. Acts ch. 18, sec. 5, effective July 15, 1980. -- Amended 1978 Ky. Acts <br>ch. 175, sec. 1, effective June 17, 1978; and ch. 384, sec. 20, effective June 17, 1978. <br>-- Amended 1976 (1st Extra. Sess.) Ky. Acts ch. 20, sec. 6, effective January 2, 1978. <br>-- Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 336, sec. 1. -- Created 1966 Ky. Acts ch. 97, sec. 2.

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75.031 Trustees, elections, appointments, terms -- Continued service upon establishment of consolidated local government -- Vacancies -- Removal -- <br>Elections for part of trustees -- Officers. (1) (a) Upon creation of a fire protection district or a volunteer fire department district as provided in KRS 75.010, the affairs of the district shall be <br>conducted by the board of trustees consisting of seven (7) members, four (4) <br>to be elected by the members of the district as hereinafter set out and three (3) <br>to be appointed by the county judge/executive or mayor in a consolidated local <br>government pursuant to the provisions of KRS 67C.139. Two (2) members of <br>the board of trustees shall be elected by the members of the firefighters of the <br>district and shall be members of the district. Two (2) members of the board of <br>trustees shall be property owners who own real or personal property which is <br>subject to the fire protection tax pursuant to KRS 75.040, who personally <br>reside in the district, and who are not active firefighters and shall be elected by <br>the property owners of the district. Property owners voting to select <br>representatives to the board of trustees shall have attained the age of eighteen <br>(18). The county judge/executive of the county in which the greater part of the <br>district is located shall, with the approval of the fiscal court, appoint three (3) <br>members of the board of trustees. In counties containing a city of the first <br>class, trustees appointed by the county judge/executive to serve in volunteer <br>fire prevention districts shall reside within the boundaries of that county. In <br>counties governed by a consolidated local government, trustees appointed by <br>the mayor to serve in volunteer fire prevention districts shall reside within the <br>boundaries of the consolidated local government. At the first election held <br>after the district is formed, one (1) firefighter shall be elected to serve on the <br>board of trustees for a period of one (1) year and one (1) for a period of three <br>(3) years, and one (1) nonfirefighter property owner shall be elected to serve <br>on the board of trustees for a period of two (2) years and one (1) for a period <br>of four (4) years. On the expiration of the respective terms, the successor to <br>each shall have the same qualifications as his or her predecessor and shall be <br>elected for a term of four (4) years. The original appointed members of the <br>board of trustees shall be appointed for terms of one (1), two (2), and three (3) <br>years respectively. On the expiration of the respective terms, the successors to <br>each shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years. Upon the establishment <br>of a consolidated local government, incumbent members shall continue to <br>serve until the expiration of their current term of office. In the event of a <br>vacancy in the term of an appointed or elected trustee, the county <br>judge/executive shall appoint with the approval of the fiscal court a trustee for <br>the remainder of the term, except in a county containing a consolidated local <br>government. In a county containing a consolidated local government, the <br>mayor pursuant to the provisions of KRS 67C.139 shall appoint a trustee for <br>the remainder of the term. (b) An appointed trustee may be removed from office as provided by KRS 65.007. (c) No person shall be an elected trustee who, at the time of his or her election, is not a citizen of Kentucky and has not attained the age of twenty-one (21). (d) Unless otherwise provided by law, an elected firefighter trustee may be removed from office by the mayor of a consolidated local government, or in a <br>county not containing a consolidated local government, by the county <br>judge/executive of the county in which the greater part of the district is <br>located. An elected firefighter trustee may be removed after a hearing with <br>notice as required by KRS Chapter 424, for inefficiency, neglect of duty, <br>malfeasance, or conflict of interest. The hearing shall be initiated and chaired <br>by the county judge/executive of a county or the mayor of a consolidated local <br>government, who shall prepare a written statement setting forth the reasons for <br>removal. The trustee to be removed shall be notified of his or her proposed <br>removal and the reasons for the proposed removal by registered mail sent to <br>his or her last known address at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing. The <br>person proposed to be removed may employ counsel to represent him or her. <br>A record of the hearing shall be made by the county judge/executive or mayor <br>respectively. (e) The removal of an elected firefighter trustee of a fire protection district shall be subject to the approval of the fiscal court of the county in which the greater <br>part of the district is located in those counties not containing a consolidated <br>local government or the legislative council in a county containing a <br>consolidated local government. (f) An elected firefighter trustee removed pursuant to paragraphs (c) and (d) of this subsection may appeal, within ten (10) days of the rendering of the <br>decision of the fiscal court or legislative council, respectively, to the Circuit <br>Court of the county in which the greater part of the district is located. The <br>scope of the appeal shall be limited to whether the county judge/executive, <br>mayor, legislative council, or the fiscal court respectively, abused their <br>discretion in removing the trustee. (2) The elective offices of members of the board of trustees shall be filled by an election to be held once each year on the fourth Saturday of June between the hours <br>of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The polls shall be located at the principal fire house in <br>the district. The date, time, and place of the election shall be advertised in <br>accordance with KRS 424.120. This notice shall be advertised at least thirty (30) <br>days prior to the election date and shall include the names and addresses of the <br>candidates to be voted on for each position of trustee. In lieu of the published notice <br>for the election of the firefighter trustees, written notice containing the information <br>required to be advertised may be sent by first-class mail to each member of the <br>firefighters of the fire protection district or volunteer fire department district, <br>addressed to the firefighter at his or her residence, at least thirty (30) days prior to <br>the election date. The nominations for candidates for trustees both representing the <br>firefighters and the property owners residing in the district shall be made in <br>accordance with the bylaws of the department. The terms of the three (3) trustees <br>appointed by the county judge/executive or mayor shall start at the same time as the terms of the elected trustees. On or before the beginning of the second fiscal or <br>calendar year, depending on which basis the fire protection or volunteer fire <br>department district is being operated, after June 16, 1966, all departments organized <br>prior to June 16, 1966, shall increase their boards of trustees from three (3) to seven <br>(7) members and elect the elective members in the manner set forth herein. (3) The trustees shall elect from their number a chairman, a secretary, and a treasurer, the latter of whom shall give bond in an amount as shall be determined by the <br>county judge/executive of the county in which the greater part of the fire protection <br>district is located or the mayor in a consolidated local government, conditioned <br>upon the faithful discharge of the duties of his or her office, and the faithful <br>accounting for all funds which may come into his or her possession as treasurer. <br>The premiums on the bonds shall be paid out of the funds of the district. Effective: July 13, 2004 <br>History: Amended 2004 Ky. Acts ch. 92, sec. 1, effective July 13, 2004. -- Amended 2002 Ky. Acts ch. 346, sec. 76, effective July 15, 2002. -- Amended 2000 Ky. Acts <br>ch. 348, sec. 1, effective July 14, 2000. -- Amended 1996 Ky. Acts ch. 127, sec. 2, <br>effective July 15, 1996; and ch. 136, sec. 2, effective July 15, 1996. -- Amended <br>1980 Ky. Acts ch. 18, sec. 5, effective July 15, 1980. -- Amended 1978 Ky. Acts <br>ch. 175, sec. 1, effective June 17, 1978; and ch. 384, sec. 20, effective June 17, 1978. <br>-- Amended 1976 (1st Extra. Sess.) Ky. Acts ch. 20, sec. 6, effective January 2, 1978. <br>-- Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 336, sec. 1. -- Created 1966 Ky. Acts ch. 97, sec. 2.

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