839. Municipal police training council. 1. There is hereby created within the division a municipal police training council composed of eight members, who shall be selected as follows:
(a) three shall be appointed by the governor;
(b) two shall be appointed by the governor from a list of at least six nominees submitted by the New York state sheriffs' association, who shall be incumbent sheriffs in the state having at least two years of service on the law enforcement training committee of such association or having other specialized experience in connection with police training which, in the opinion of the chairman of such law enforcement training committee, provides the sheriff with at least an equivalent background in the field of police training; and
(c) two shall be appointed by the governor from a list of at least six nominees submitted by the New York state association of chiefs of police, who shall be incumbent chiefs of police or commissioners of police of a municipality in the state having at least two years of service on the police training committee of such association or having other specialized experience in connection with police training which, in the opinion of the chairman of such training committee, provides the chief of police or commissioner of police with at least an equivalent background in the field of police training; and
(d) one shall be the commissioner of police of the city of New York or a member of his department, designated by such commissioner and approved by the governor.
2. The governor shall designate from among the members of the council a chairman who shall serve during the pleasure of the governor.
3. All members of the council appointed by the governor shall be appointed for terms of two years, such terms to commence on April first, and expire on March thirty-first. Any member chosen to fill a vacancy created otherwise than by expiration of term shall be appointed for the unexpired term of the member whom he is to succeed. Vacancies caused by expiration of a term or otherwise shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments. Any member may be reappointed for additional terms.
4. Any member of the council appointed pursuant to paragraphs (b) or (c) of subdivision one of this section as an incumbent sheriff, chief of police or commissioner of police, as the case may be, shall immediately upon the termination of his holding of said office or employment, cease to be a member of the council.
5. The council shall meet at least four times in each year. Special meetings may be called by the chairman and shall be called by him at the request of the governor or upon the written request of five members of the council. The council may establish its own requirements as to quorum and its own procedures with respect to the conduct of its meetings and other affairs; provided, however, that all recommendations made by the council to the governor pursuant to subdivision one of section eight hundred forty of this chapter shall require the affirmative vote of five members of the council.
6. Membership on the council shall not constitute the holding of an office, and members of the council shall not be required to take and file oaths of office before serving on the council. The council shall not have the right to exercise any portion of the sovereign power of the state.
7. The members of the council shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their functions hereunder.
8. No member of the council shall be disqualified from holding any public office or employment, nor shall he forfeit any such office or employment, by reason of his appointment hereunder, notwithstanding the provisions of any general, special or local law, ordinance or city charter.
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