Section 45-20-71.20Individual duties of associate members.
Except as herein otherwise provided, each member of the board elected or appointed pursuant to the authority herein contained is constituted and appointed director and supervisor of all the public roads within the district which he or she represents, and shall have the authority, with due recognition of the wage scale herein provided, to hire and discharge road crews, to supervise, inspect, superintend, appoint, and designate all public roads and bridges within his or her district and the work to be done thereon, and such authority shall be exclusive in such respect. Provided, however, that if the county hires and employs a county engineer or supervisor, then, during the period of such employment, the authority granted in this section is subordinated to the authority given by law to the county engineer or road supervisor. Each associate member, in the absence of an engineer or supervisor, shall file with the clerk of the board, at the time he or she takes office and on the first day of each October thereafter during his or her term, a complete inventory of the equipment and supplies in his or her district.
(Acts 1945, No. 22, §21.)