Chapter 650 Department of Public Safety
650.457. 1. There is established a "Missouri Medal of Valor Review Board", the members of which shall be individuals with knowledge or expertise, whether by experience or training, in the field of public safety, which shall conduct its business in accordance with sections 650.450 to 650.460, and be composed of eleven members, all residents of Missouri, and appointed in the following manner:
(1) One member shall be either the director of the department of public safety or a designee appointed by the director;
(2) One member shall be a police chief;
(3) One member shall be a fire chief;
(4) One member shall be an elected county sheriff;
(5) One member shall be the director of an ambulance district;
(6) One member shall be a citizen with experience in law enforcement;
(7) One member shall be a citizen with experience in corrections;
(8) One member shall be a citizen with experience in fire fighting;
(9) One member shall be a citizen with experience in emergency medical services; and
(10) Two members shall be appointed at the governor's discretion.
2. The term of a board member shall be four years.
3. Any vacancy in the membership of the board shall not affect the powers of the board and shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
4. (1) The chairman of the board shall be elected by the members of the board from among the members of the board.
(2) The board shall conduct its first meeting not later than ninety days after the appointment of the last member appointed of the initial group of members appointed to the board. Thereafter, the board shall meet at the call of the chairman of the board. The board shall meet not less often than once each year and not more than three times a year.
(3) A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum to conduct business, but the board may establish a lesser quorum for conducting hearings scheduled by the board. The board may establish by majority vote any other rules for the conduct of the board's business, if such rules are not inconsistent with sections 650.450 to 650.460 or other applicable law.
(4) The board shall select candidates as recipients of the medal from among those applications received by the board. Not more often than once each year, the board shall present to the governor the name or names of those it recommends as medal recipients. In a given year, the board shall not be required to select any recipients but may not select more than seven recipients. The governor may in extraordinary cases increase the number of recipients in a given year. The board shall set an annual timetable for fulfilling its duties under sections 650.450 to 650.460.
(5) The board may secure directly from any department or agency such information as the board considers necessary to carry out its duties. Upon the request of the board, the head of such department or agency may furnish such information to the board.
(6) The board shall not disclose any information which may compromise an ongoing law enforcement investigation or is otherwise required by law to be kept confidential.
(7) The members of the board shall serve without compensation, except that the members may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses arising from board activities or business. Such expenses shall be paid by the department of public safety from the fund created pursuant to section 650.460.
(L. 2004 S.B. 972 § 650.615)