PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICTS
33-2716. Board of trustees — Nomination and election — Recall — Vacancies. (1) The procedure for nomination and election of trustees of a library district shall be as provided for in chapter 14, title 34, Idaho Code, and in the general election laws of Idaho. If any two (2) or more candidates for the same trustee position have an equal number of votes, the board of trustees shall determine the winner by a toss of a coin.
(2) Each library district trustee shall be subject to recall following procedures as provided in chapter 17, title 34, Idaho Code.
Individuals signing a petition to recall a library trustee or voting in an election to recall a library trustee shall meet the requirements of section 33-2702, Idaho Code. To recall any trustee, a majority of the votes cast at the recall election must be in favor of the recall, and additionally, the number of votes cast in the recall election must equal or exceed the number of votes cast in the last trustee election held in the library district.
(3) A vacancy shall be declared by the board of trustees when any nominee has been elected but has failed to qualify for office, or within thirty (30) days of when any trustees shall (a) die; (b) resign from office; (c) no longer reside in his respective trustee zone of residence; (d) no longer be a resident or qualified elector of the public library district; (e) refuse to serve as trustee; (f) without excuse acceptable to the board of trustees, fail to attend two (2) consecutive regular meetings of the board; or (g) be recalled and discharged from office as provided in this chapter.
A declaration of vacancy shall be made at any regular or special meeting of the board of trustees, at which any of the above-mentioned conditions is determined to exist.
The board of trustees shall appoint to fill the vacancy, a person qualified to serve as trustee of the public library district, provided there remains in membership on the board of trustees a majority of the membership thereof, and the board shall notify the board of library commissioners of the appointment. This appointment shall be made within sixty (60) days of the declaration of vacancy. In the event that the board of trustees fails to exercise their authority, appointments shall be made by the board of county commissioners of the home county in which the district is located within thirty (30) days after the expiration of the sixty (60) days allowed for trustees for this action.
Any person appointed as provided in this chapter shall serve until the next election of public library district trustees following the appointment. At the election a trustee shall be elected to complete the unexpired term of the office which was declared vacant filled by appointment.
The elected trustee shall assume office at the first annual meeting of the public library district following the election.
[(33-2716) 33-2710, added 1980, ch. 231, sec. 2, p. 512; am. and redesig. 1989, ch. 132, sec. 11, p. 293; am. 1993, ch. 303, sec. 3, p. 1125; am. 1995, ch. 119, sec. 9, p. 518; am. 1996, ch. 71, sec. 16, p. 227; am. 2006, ch. 235, sec. 25, p. 714; am. 2009, ch. 341, sec. 53, p. 1028; am. 2012, ch. 148, sec. 1, p. 418.]