Boards, Commissions, Advisory Councils
Grand River Dam Autority
82 O.S. Section 863.2
- 82-863.2. Board of Directors.
A. The powers, rights and privileges and functions of the Grand
River Dam Authority, hereinafter referred to as the "district", shall
be exercised by a seven-member Board of Directors, to be appointed
according to the provisions of this section.
B. The Board shall have rulemaking authority pursuant to the
provisions of the Grand River Dam Authority Act. By majority vote,
the Board shall have the authority to grant exemptions from any rules
not promulgated pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act which
deal with the waters of the Grand River and its tributaries. The
Board shall be responsible for approving business expenses of the
district necessary to carry out the business of the district. It
shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to oversee the functions
of the district and ensure the operations of the district are in
compliance with all applicable state laws and that expenses of the
district comply with state and federal guidelines for business
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- Members appointed to the Board or who serve as designees
shall be domiciled in the State of Oklahoma and shall have paid state
income taxes for a minimum of one (1) year prior to the date of
D. No person shall be eligible to serve on the Board of
Directors if the person, during the three (3) years prior to the
appointment, has been employed by an investor-owned utility company,
or has held a federal, state or county office, elective or
E. A member of the Board may be eligible to serve on the
Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority Board of Trustees, if appointed to
that position by the Governor.
F. Members of the Board of Directors shall be appointed as
1. The Governor shall appoint a director to represent the
industrial and commercial customers of the district;
2. The Governor shall appoint a director to represent economic
development interests, lake enthusiasts and property owners;
3. The Governor shall appoint an at-large director;
4. The President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate shall
appoint an at-large director;
5. The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint an
6. The General Manager of the Oklahoma Association of Electric
Cooperatives, or designee, shall be a voting ex officio director; and
7. The Executive Director of the Municipal Electric Systems of
Oklahoma, or designee, shall be a voting ex officio director.
G. A successor to a director of the Board shall be appointed in
the same manner as the original director and shall serve a term of
five (5) years. Directors may be eligible to serve more than one
term if so reappointed by the original appointing authority or a
different or successor appointing authority.
H. Any director appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board
occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the
predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of
I. Each director shall qualify by taking the official oath of
office prescribed by general statute.
J. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, any director or
designee may be removed by the member's appointing authority only for
just cause. Additionally, any member who fails to attend a total of
three (3) regularly scheduled board meetings in one (1) calendar year
may be removed by the member's appointing authority.
K. Each director shall be allowed actual and necessary expenses
incurred by such director for attending meetings of the Board and
authorized business of the district pursuant to the provisions of the
State Travel Reimbursement Act. No director shall hold any other
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position of employment within the Grand River Dam Authority at the
same time such director is serving on the Board.
L. The time and place of the regular meetings and the manner in
which special meetings may be called shall be set forth in the bylaws
of the district. Four directors shall constitute a quorum at any
meeting, and, except as otherwise provided in the Grand River Dam
Authority Act or in the bylaws, all action may be taken by the
affirmative vote of the majority of the Board present at any such
meeting, except that no bonds, notes or other evidence of
indebtedness, and no amendment of the bylaws, shall be valid unless
authorized or ratified by the affirmative vote of at least four
M. At the first meeting of the Board following July 1, 2003, the
members appointed pursuant to this section shall, by majority vote,
elect a chair and chair-elect who shall serve as the vice-chair. The
chair and the chair-elect shall serve a term of one (1) year.
Thereafter, the membership of the Board shall elect a chair-elect, at
the first meeting of each year and the previous chair-elect shall
assume the position of chair for the ensuing year. A member may
serve more than one term as chair or chair-elect during their tenure
on the Board, provided, however, they may only serve one term in any
N. The Asset Committee shall be chaired by the director
appointed to represent economic development interests, lake
enthusiasts and property owners. Other members of the Committee may
be selected by the Board.
O. The Board may appoint temporary or permanent subcommittees
which may include employees of the district or other persons for any
purpose it deems necessary or appropriate.
P. The Board is authorized to adopt or amend the bylaws of the
district as necessary to comply with the provisions of the Grand
River Dam Authority Act.
Q. For the purposes of Section 4254 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma
Statutes, the directors of this board, appointed pursuant to this
section, shall not be considered state officers or state employees.
Added by Laws 2003, c. 459, § 3. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 524, § 3;
Laws 2012, c. 27, § 1, emerg. eff. April 9, 2012; Laws 2012, c. 112,
§ 1; Laws 2019, c. 507, § 4, eff. July 1, 2019.
NOTE: Editorially renumbered from § 863.1 of this title to avoid a
duplication in numbering.