Q Does the Board of Supervisors have the authority to remove an individual member from his position on the board?

A Section 25-5-1 provides methods of removing a supervisor from office for certain felony convictions or a judicial finding of unsound mind. The Governor has the authority under Section 25-5-3 to remove an elective county official for knowingly or willfully failing, neglecting, or refusing to perform any of the duties required of such officer by law. Finally, an official’s neglect of duty that results in a violation of Section 97-11-37 authorizes removal by a court of competent jurisdiction. None of these provisions authorize the Board of Supervisors to remove an individual board member for unethical conduct. (Attorney General’s Opinions to Holmes, November 7, 2014)