2019 Code of Alabama
Title 38 - Public Welfare.
Chapter 3 - Department of Senior Services.
Section 38-3-5 - Commissioner, confidential secretary, and other personnel; contract for meals programs.
(a) The Governor shall appoint a commissioner for the Department of Senior Services and a confidential secretary and shall prescribe their duties, powers, and authority to carry out the provisions of this article. The commissioner shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor and also shall serve as executive officer and secretary of the board. The commissioner, subject to the Merit System law, shall appoint additional personnel as may be necessary in carrying out the provisions of this article.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (d) of Section 41-16-27, the commissioner may contract with providers for the various meals programs administered by the department for periods of up to five years with five additional one-year extension options at the discretion of the commissioner. With respect to any meals programs contract between the department and any food service provider which was executed prior to August 1, 2004, and which remains in effect as of August 1, 2004, a current meals programs contract, the commissioner may, with the written consent of any such food service provider, elect to extend such current meals programs contract with the extension period to be up to five years with five additional one-year extension options. The extension period shall commence on the day after the end of the current meals programs contract term then in effect. The commissioner may, with the written consent of the food service provider, renegotiate the terms of a current meals programs contract, provided that renegotiation is necessary, in the discretion of the commissioner, to induce the food service provider to enter into a contract extension provided by this subsection and provided further that, in the discretion of the commissioner, the extension of the current meals programs contract will reduce overall costs to the department. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as providing for or affecting any exemption to subsection (a), (b), or (c) of Section 41-16-27.(Acts 1957, No. 554, p. 774, §5; Acts 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 148, p. 214, §3; Act 2000-744, p. 1655, §2; Act 2004-433, p. 738, §1; Act 2008-398, p. 787, §1; Act 2015-159, §1.)