Q May a county board of supervisors appoint themselves as members of a community hospital board of trustees?

A No. The Mississippi Supreme Court in Alexander v. State, 441 So.2d 1329 (Miss. 1983) ruled that, pursuant to Sections One and Two of the Mississippi Constitution, simultaneous service in more than one branch of government is prohibited. Members of a county board of supervisors serve in the judicial branch of government. Members of a board of trustees of a community hospital serve in the executive branch. Therefore,
one may not simultaneously serve in both offices. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Rhodes, September 28, 2012)