(1) Every director and officer of a savings bank is subject to removal by the superintendent of savings banks on any of the following grounds:
(a) Knowingly participating in or consenting to a violation of this chapter or Chapter 1163. or 1165. of the Revised Code, regardless of whether the participation or consent is defined or interpreted in a guideline issued pursuant to section 1163.26 of the Revised Code;
(b) Knowingly participating in or consenting to any unsafe or unsound practice in conducting the business of the savings bank, regardless of whether the practice is defined or interpreted in a guideline issued pursuant to section 1163.26 of the Revised Code;
(c) 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 1163.03 of the Revised Code, or failure to pay a civil penalty assessed under division (B) of section 1163.21 of the Revised Code.
(2) Removal under division (A)(1) of this section shall occur only after a hearing, written notice of which, together with a statement of charges, has been sent by registered mail ten days in advance to the director or officer. Pending an investigation by and a hearing before the superintendent, the director or officer shall not act for the savings bank. The hearing shall be held not later than fifteen days after the notice has been sent by the superintendent, and shall comply with section 119.09 of the Revised Code.
(B) Whenever the superintendent issues a removal order, the aggrieved party, within thirty days after notice of his removal, may file in the court of common pleas of Franklin county, or of the county in which the savings bank 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 the petition, summons shall be issued to the sheriff of Franklin county to be served on the superintendent. The summons shall be returnable within five days from its date, and in all other respects shall be made as in civil actions. Upon service of the summons in accordance with this division, 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 as a director or an officer of a savings bank 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 or an officer of any savings bank. 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 or an officer of a savings bank.
(D) The superintendent may send notice of a removal order to any state or federal government agencies he considers appropriate.
Effective Date: 10-23-1991 .