Section 16-9-2Qualifications of superintendent.
(a) The county superintendent of education shall be chosen for his general fitness and character and shall be a person of recognized ability as a school administrator. No person shall be eligible for appointment by any county board of education or for any political party nomination, or for election to the office of county superintendent of education unless such person:
(1) Holds an Alabama certificate in administration and supervision based upon requirements established by the State Board of Education for such certificate;
(2) Has had not less than five years of experience in public school work at the time he assumes office;
(3) Submits proof to the State Superintendent of Education of three years of successful educational experience as a teacher, principal, supervisor, superintendent, educational administrator or instructor in school administration during the five years next preceding his appointment or election;
(4) Submits proof to the county board of education that he holds a degree from a recognized four-year college or university; and
(5) If such person is to be appointed by the county board of education, submits proof to the county board that he is knowledgeable in school administration.
(b) A county superintendent of education, whether elected or appointed, need not be a resident or qualified elector of the county in which he is to serve. In every county where the county superintendent of education is elected by popular vote, he shall be nominated and elected in the same manner as other county officers are nominated and elected under the state election laws.
(School Code 1927, §139; Acts 1927, No. 511, p. 606, §1, 1 1/2; Code 1940, T. 52, §103; Acts 1943, No. 313, p. 300; Acts 1947, No. 20, p. 6, §1; Acts 1959, No. 298, p. 871, §1; Acts 1969, Ex. Sess., No. 38, p. 95, §1.)