32-3506. Executive director; duties; compensation
A. Subject to title 41, chapter 4, article 4, the board shall appoint an executive director who serves at the pleasure of the board. The executive director shall not be a board member.
B. The executive director and other board employees are eligible to receive compensation as determined pursuant to section 38-611.
C. The executive director shall:
1. Perform the board's administrative duties.
2. Subject to title 41, chapter 4, article 4 and, as applicable, articles 5 and 6, employ, evaluate, dismiss, discipline and direct personnel as necessary to carry out board functions.
3. Initiate an investigation if there is reason to believe that a licensee is incompetent, mentally or physically unable to safely practice respiratory care or engaged in unprofessional conduct.
4. Issue subpoenas if necessary to compel the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books, records, documents and evidence.
5. As directed by the board, sign and execute disciplinary orders, rehabilitative orders and notices of hearings.
6. On behalf of the board, enter into stipulated agreements with licensees for the treatment, rehabilitation and monitoring of chemical substance abuse or misuse.
7. On behalf of the board, enter into stipulated agreements with licensees for the confidential treatment, rehabilitation and monitoring of chemical dependency. A licensee who materially fails to comply with a program requirement shall be reported to the board and terminated from the confidential program established pursuant to section 32-3504. Any records of a licensee who is terminated from a confidential program are no longer confidential or exempt from the public records law. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, stipulated agreements are not public records if the following conditions are met:
(a) The licensee voluntarily agrees to participate in the confidential program.
(b) The licensee complies with all treatment requirements or recommendations, including participation in alcoholics anonymous or an equivalent twelve-step program and support group.
(c) The licensee refrains from the practice of respiratory care until the return to respiratory care has been approved by the treatment program and the executive director or the executive director's designee.
(d) The licensee complies with all monitoring requirements of the stipulated agreement, including random bodily fluid testing.
(e) The licensee's respiratory care employer is notified of the licensee's chemical dependency and participation in the confidential program and is provided a copy of the stipulated agreement.
8. Perform all other duties required by the board.