35-705. Board of directors

The authority shall have a board of directors in which all powers of the authority shall be vested and that shall consist of any number of directors, not less than three nor more than nine, all of whom shall be duly qualified electors of the municipality or county with respect to which the authority was formed, except that a corporation that is formed by the Arizona finance authority shall be governed pursuant to section 41-5353. In the case of a corporation formed with the permission of the Arizona board of regents the directors must be qualified electors of this state. In the case of a corporation formed with the permission of the Arizona finance authority, the Arizona finance authority board shall serve as the board of the industrial development authority. The directors shall serve without compensation, except that the directors shall be reimbursed for their actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in the same manner as is provided for other state officers. A director shall not be an officer or employee of the authorizing municipality or county. All directors shall declare any conflict of interest as provided in title 38, chapter 3, article 8. The directors shall be elected by the governing body of the authorizing municipality or county, and they shall be so elected that they shall hold office for overlapping terms. At the time of the election of the first board of directors the governing body of the municipality or the county shall divide the directors into three groups containing as nearly equal whole numbers as possible. The first term of the directors included in the first group shall be two years, the first term of the directors included in the second group shall be four years, the first term of the directors included in the third group shall be six years, and thereafter the terms of all directors shall be six years. The governing body may remove a director at any time, with or without cause.