1151.18 Removal of director or officer by superintendent.

(A) Every director and officer of a savings and loan association is subject to removal by the superintendent of savings and loan associations on any of the following grounds:

(1) Knowingly participating in or consenting to a violation of Chapter 1151., 1153., 1155., or 1157. of the Revised Code, regardless of whether such participation or consent is defined or interpreted in a guideline issued pursuant to section 1155.35 of the Revised Code;

(2) Knowingly participating in or consenting to any unsafe or unsound practice in conducting the business of the association, regardless of whether such practice is defined or interpreted in a guideline issued pursuant to section 1155.35 of the Revised Code;

(3) Failure to properly perform his obligations under, or failure to comply with a final or summary cease-and-desist order issued under division (A) or (B) of section 1155.02 of the Revised Code, or failure to pay a civil penalty assessed under division (B) of section 1155.17 of the Revised Code.

Such removal shall occur after a hearing, written notice of which, together with a statement of charges, has been sent by registered mail ten days in advance to such director or officer. Pending an investigation by and a hearing before the superintendent, such director or officer shall not act for the association; but such hearing shall be held not later than fifteen days after such notice has been sent by the superintendent, and it shall comply with section 119.09 of the Revised Code.

(B) Whenever the superintendent issues a removal order, the aggrieved party may, within thirty days after notice of his removal, file in the court of common pleas of Franklin county, or of the county wherein the association in question has its principal place of business, a petition against the superintendent officially, as defendant, alleging the facts upon which he relies for a reversal of the action of the superintendent complained of and praying for a reversal thereof. Immediately upon filing such petition, summons shall be issued to the sheriff of Franklin county to be served on the superintendent, returnable within five days from its date, which in all other respects such summons shall be made as in civil actions, whereupon the allegations of the petition shall be deemed to stand denied without pleading and the cause shall be advanced and heard without delay.

(C) Except as otherwise provided in this division, any person who is removed from the board of directors of an association by the superintendent under division (A) of this section, and who either does not appeal his removal or whose removal is upheld upon appeal, is forever disqualified from serving as a director of any association. If, however, the superintendent, upon written application of the person removed, and pursuant to an adjudication conducted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, finds a compelling reason for removing the disqualification of this division, he may issue an adjudication order removing the disqualification and declaring the person again eligible to serve as a director of an association.

(D) The superintendent may send notice of a removal order to any state or federal government agencies he considers appropriate.

Effective Date: 07-14-1987