4749.021 Private investigation and security services commission.

(A) There is hereby created the Ohio private investigation and security services commission, consisting of the director of public safety or the director's designee, who shall be a nonvoting member; the superintendent of the highway patrol or the superintendent's designee, who shall be a voting member; and twelve members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, as follows:

(1) Three members shall be owners or operators of a business that maintains a class A license and shall have at least five years' experience in this state in the business of private investigation or security services.

(2) One member shall be an owner or operator of a business that maintains a class B license and shall have at least five years' experience in this state in the business of private investigation or security services.

(3) One member shall be an owner or operator of a business that maintains a class C license and shall have at least five years' experience in this state in the business of private investigation or security services.

(4) Two members shall be owners or operators of a business that maintains a class A, B, or C license and shall have at least five years' experience in this state in the business of private investigation or security services.

(5) One member shall be an incumbent chief of police.

(6) One member shall be an active law enforcement officer, not above the rank of lieutenant.

(7) One member shall be an incumbent sheriff.

(8) Two members shall be representatives of the general public who have never had a direct employment relationship with any class A, B, or C licensee.

(B)

(1) The governor shall make initial appointments to the commission by January 1, 2005, and the commission shall hold its first meeting, at the call of the director of public safety, in January 2005. Of the initial appointments made to the commission, three shall be for a term ending December 31, 2005, three shall be for a term ending December 31, 2006, three shall be for a term ending December 31, 2007, and three shall be for a term ending December 31, 2008. Thereafter, terms of office shall be for five years, with each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Members may be reappointed, but may serve not more than two complete consecutive five-year terms. Vacancies shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring before the expiration date of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office as a member for the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration of the member's term until the member's successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. The governor, after notice and the opportunity for a hearing, may remove any appointed member for misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance.

(2) Ninety days before the expiration of a member's term, or in the event of a vacancy, the Ohio association of security and investigation services may submit names to the governor for consideration of appointment to the commission.

(C) The commission shall advise the director of public safety on all matters related to the regulation of private investigation and the business of security services and on all matters related to this chapter. The commission shall advise the director on the format, content, and all other aspects of all private investigation and security services licensure examinations.

(D) In accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, the department may establish rules on behalf of the commission.

(E) The commission shall meet not less than four times each year. It also shall meet upon the call of the chairperson, upon the request of five members, or at the request of the director of public safety or the director's designee.

(F) At the first regular meeting of each year, which shall be called by the chairperson, the members shall elect a chairperson and a vice-chairperson by a majority vote, and also shall establish its meeting schedule for the remainder of the year. The chairperson and vice-chairperson shall serve until their successors are elected. No member may serve as chairperson more than three times during a five-year term. The chairperson shall preside over the commission's meetings, shall set the meeting agenda, and shall serve as the commission's chief spokesperson and liaison to the department of public safety. The chairperson or vice-chairperson shall approve all vouchers of the commission. Subject to the commission's approval, the chairperson may appoint committees to assist the commission. Committee members may be members of the commission. The vice-chairperson shall exercise the duties of the chairperson when the chairperson is not available.

(G) A quorum of seven appointed members is necessary for a meeting to convene or continue. All actions of the commission shall be by a majority of the members present. Members may not participate or vote by proxy. In accordance with Chapter 121. of the Revised Code, at least fourteen days before a regular meeting and twenty-four hours before a special meeting, the chairperson shall notify all members of the commission in writing of the agenda. Upon a timely request, any member of the commission may have an item added to the commission's agenda.

(H) Each member of the commission shall receive the member's necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties, including travel, hotel, and other necessary expenses. Members of any special committee, which may be appointed by the commission to assist it, who are not members of the commission also may receive necessary expenses.

(I) The department of public safety shall provide the commission with suitable office and meeting space and necessary technical, clerical, and administrative support. The department shall serve as the official repository of the commission's records. Expenses of the commission shall be paid from the private investigator and security guard provider fund created in section 4749.07 of the Revised Code.

(J) In the absence of fraud or bad faith, the commission, a current or former commission member, or an agent, representative, or employee of the commission is not liable in damages to any person because of any act, omission, proceeding, or decision related to official duties.

Effective Date: 09-16-2004

Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.39, SB 171, §4