Q Can a member of the board of aldermen continue to serve on the board and make decisions while receiving disability benefits for being mentally disabled?

A Yes. Under Section 25-5-1, a municipal officer must be found by inquest to be of unsound mind in order to be removed from office on the basis of a mental disability. Absent such a finding by a court of competent jurisdiction, the member is eligible to continue to serve. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Jones, October 5, 2012)