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(a) Appointment. The Chief Administrative Officer shall be appointed by a majority of all of the judges and serve at the pleasure of the judges. Under the direction and supervision of the Presiding Judge, the specific powers and duties of the Chief Administrative Officer include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Administer all non-judicial activities of the court, including case setting and the utilization of jurors.
(2) Employ, assign, supervise and direct the work of the employees of the court except the commissioners, special masters, referees, and each judge's bailiff.
(3) Prepare and administer the budget of the court.
(4) Stay abreast of current best practices in court administration and advise the Presiding Judge of potential changes to current court policies.
(5) In consultation with the Presiding Judge, implement the court’s strategic plan and provide leadership and continuity in court initiatives.
(6) Represent the court in dealings with the state Administrative Office of the Courts.
(7) Assist the Presiding Judge in representing the court on all management matters in dealing with governmental bodies, and other public and private groups having a reasonable interest in the administration of the court.
(8) Prepare the agenda, arrange, attend and act as recording secretary for judges' meetings, and for those committee meetings where the Chief Administrative Officer’s presence would be reasonable and productive.
(9) Prepare an annual report to the court.
(b) Vacancy. Upon a vacancy in the office of Chief Administrative Officer, the Executive Committee shall recruit qualified applicants for the position. This may include appointment of a special committee. The Executive and Special Committee will interview and screen candidates for the position, and shall present no more than three final candidates to the judges for their review and consideration. The candidate receiving a majority vote of all of the judges shall be named to the vacancy.

[Adopted effective September 1, 2016.]