Article 7. Officers
June 2002 through December 2005
The Steering Committee shall be comprised of six (6) members and one Chairperson, as elected at or immediately after the SLSS Workshop.
Commencing January 2006
There shall be one (1) Chairperson and six (6) Steering Committee members elected from and by the Network membership, and one (1) permanent position of Executive Director to be filled by a representative of the organization providing management and support services for the Network such as a website, list serve, database hosting, banking and other mechanisms. The Executive Director will initially be the Conservation Director of the Snow Leopard Trust or his/her appointee.
The term of office for Steering Committee members and Chairperson will be 3 years. The maximum term for any elected position is two (2) consecutive terms or six (6) consecutive years. The first election shall be held in November 2005 and every 3 years thereafter. Officers will take up positions on the 1st day of January following the elections.
The Chairperson will preferably, but not necessarily, be a resident of a snow leopard range state. They will be able to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English. A minimum of 4 Steering Committee members must be from range states. All officers must be Network members in good standing at the time of election.
Any Officer can be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the general membership by secret mail ballot. Such a recall election can be called by a petition signed by 20 percent of the general membership, or by a simple majority vote of the Steering Committee.