The county executive shall appoint the members of the mental health advisory board in accordance with the provisions of section one hundred ninety b of article eight A of the mental hygiene law. Such members shall be residents of the county of Erie.
The mental health advisory board shall elect annually a chairman, vice chairman and a secretary from among its members. The mental health advisory board shall have and exercise the powers and duties conferred or imposed upon such board by the county charter or this code.
Meetings of the mental health advisory board shall be held at the call of the commissioner of mental health or the chairman of such board on three day so written notice mailed to the last known address of such board members. The mental health advisory board shall at the request of the county executive and may of its own initiative, make recommendations and suggestions to the county executive relative to the qualifications and appointment of the commissioner of mental health and relative to the qualifications and duties of the deputy commissioner, officers or employees of the department of mental health.
Vacancies in the membership of the board occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired terms.