Mississippi Democratic Party
The Party of Progress
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Mississippi Democratic Party Constitution

Article VIII

Officers

1.  Executive Committee officers shall be elected by and serve at the pleasure of the respective Executive Committee at the first meeting of the new unit Executive Committee following the unit convention and shall serve a term of four years or until their successors are chosen, unless removed by a majority vote of the members of each unit.

2.  The officers of the Executive Committee of each Party unit shall consist of a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, treasurer, and parliamentarian.  In addition, the State Executive Committee shall elect an executive vice-chairperson as hereinafter provided.

3.  Chairperson – The duties of the Chairperson shall be those of Chief Executive Officer.  The Chairperson shall convene and preside at all official Party meetings and shall have such other powers and duties as may be granted to him or her from time to time by resolution of the governing body.

4.  Executive Vice Chairperson – The Executive Vice-Chairperson shall share with the Chairperson in the appointment of committee chairpersons and committee members and in the chairing of the Executive Committee, shall chair the meetings of the Administrative Committee, and shall have such other powers and duties as may be granted to him or her from time to time by the State Executive Committee.  The Executive Vice-Chairperson shall be of the opposite race from the Chairperson.

5.  Vice-Chairperson – The Vice-Chairperson shall in the absence of the Chairperson, convene and preside at all official Party meetings and shall assist the Chairperson in the management of the business and financial affairs of the Party.  In addition, the Vice-Chairperson shall provide leadership in Party organization and shall be responsible for political education of the Party officers at all levels.  The Vice-Chairperson shall have such other powers and duties as may be provided from time to time by resolution of the governing body.  The Vice-Chairperson shall be of a different race and sex from the Chairperson.

6.  Secretary – The Secretary shall be in charge of all the files and records of the Party and shall keep records of the minutes of the proceedings of meetings of all official units of the Party including Party conventions.  All records shall be maintained at the office of the Party unit.  The secretary shall preserve such files except such as shall be in charge of the treasurer and shall open them for inspection at a convenient and appropriate time at the request of any official of the Democratic Party.  A summary of the minutes of each regular or special meeting of the State Executive Committee shall be certified by the Secretary and mailed to each member of the State Executive Committee within ten days of such meeting.

7.  Treasurer – The Treasurer shall have custody of the funds of the Party and shall render written accounts of the receipts and disbursements of the Party to each meeting of the official Party unit Executive Committee.  The Treasurer shall deposit all monies and valuables received in the name of and to the credit of the Party in such insured banks and depositories as the Committee shall designate by appropriate resolution.  Upon resolution by the Executive Committee of the appropriate unit, the Treasurer shall be under sufficient bond in an amount to be determined by the Party unit.  Copies of the Treasure’s report shall be sent to all members of the Executive Committee of the appropriate Party unit as directed.  The Treasurer shall write checks and expend money of the Party unit only as authorized by the budget or appropriate resolution and then only upon presentation of receipted bills, vouchers, or other appropriate written instruments and upon the countersignature of the Chairperson or other designated officer.  The Treasurer shall be of a different race and sex from the secretary.

8.  Parliamentarian – The Parliamentarian shall advise the Chairperson on parliamentary procedure at all Party unit meetings and conventions and shall, when called upon, make parliamentary and procedural rulings as to the conduct of such meetings.

9.  The Executive Committee in State Convention, before the election of officers for any full term, may, by majority vote, elect to establish the positions of chairpersons and vice chairpersons as co-officers without changing the functions of each office to serve a term of four years or until their successors are chosen.

10.  This Article IX hereof shall not become effective until the Democratic Executive Committee in 1980 succeeds the now existing Democratic Executive Committee.