There is hereby created the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority which shall be a body corporate and a government instrumentality. Wherever in this chapter and elsewhere in law reference is made to the West Virginia regional jail and prison authority, that reference means the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority.
The authority shall be governed by a board of nine members, seven of whom are entitled to vote on matters coming before the authority. The complete governing board shall consist of the commissioner of the Division of Corrections; the director of the Division of Juvenile Services; the secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety; the secretary of the Department of Administration, or his or her designated representative; three county officials appointed by the Governor, no more than two of which may be of the same political party; and two citizens appointed by the Governor to represent the areas of law and medicine. The commissioner of the Division of Corrections and the director of the Division of Juvenile Services shall serve in an advisory capacity and are not entitled to vote on matters coming before the authority. Members of the Legislature are not eligible to serve on the board.
The Governor shall nominate and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint the five appointed members of the authority for staggered terms of four years beginning July 1, 1989. Of the members of the board first appointed, one shall be appointed for a term ending June 30, 1991, two shall be appointed for terms ending June 30, 1992, and two shall be appointed for terms ending June 30, 1993. As these original appointments expire, each subsequent appointment shall be for a full four-year term.
Any appointed member whose term has expired shall serve until his or her successor has been duly appointed and qualified. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve only for the unexpired term. Any appointed member is eligible for reappointment. Members of the authority are not entitled to compensation for services performed as members but are entitled to reimbursement for all reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of their duties.
All members of the board of the authority shall execute an official bond in a penalty of $10,000, conditioned as required by law. Premiums on the bond shall be paid from funds accruing to the authority. The bond shall be approved as to form by the Attorney General and as to sufficiency by the Governor and, when fully executed and approved, shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.