Waters and Navigation

Pawtuxet River Authority

SECTION 46-24-3

§ 46-24-3. Composition of board.

(a) The board shall consist of fifteen (15) members, three (3) members to be appointed by the presidents of the town councils of Coventry, West Warwick, and Scituate, respectively, and three (3) members each to be appointed by the mayors of the cities of Warwick and Cranston. Each member so appointed shall serve for three (3) years beginning on the first day of June, except that in the case of the first members appointed, one from each of the above named participating towns and cities shall serve until June 1, 1973, one until June 1, 1974, and one until June 1, 1975. Members shall be appointed during the month of May of each year by the appointing authority, and in the event of a vacancy occurring in the board by reason of the death, resignation, or otherwise of a member, the appointing authority of the town or city, which appointed the member, shall appoint a new member for the unexpired term.

(b) There shall be minority representation on the board as follows: one of the three (3) members from Warwick and Cranston shall be of the political party other than that of the mayor, and in Coventry, West Warwick, and Scituate, one member each shall be of the political party not having a majority of the members of each respective town council. The mayor or the president of the town council shall appoint to the authority a member or members thereof, to represent the city or town, chosen from lists of qualified electors submitted by the respective chairpersons of the city or town political committee, which lists shall contain the names of five (5) times the number of persons to be appointed. These lists shall be submitted on or before May 1 in the year in which a member is to be appointed for a full term; provided, that in the event of a vacancy by reason of death, resignation, or otherwise, the lists shall be submitted within ten (10) days after the vacancy shall occur; provided, further, that for the initial appointments hereunder, the lists shall be submitted within thirty (30) days after May 1, 1972.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1972, ch. 111, § 1.)