SECTION A. REMOVAL OF AN ELECTED OFFICER
An officer of a Chapter, District Lodge, Supreme Lodge or a member of the Board of Trustees (each such person is referred to as the “Elected Officer” and each such body is referred to as the “Elective Body”) may be removed from office after a hearing (“Removal Hearing”) in accordance with this ARTICLE 23. Prior to a Removal Hearing, a complaint (“Removal Complaint”) against an Elected Officer must be delivered in writing to such Elected Officer and the appropriate “Presiding Officer” (as defined in ARTICLE 23, SECTION B below). A Removal Complaint must be signed by individuals (the “Complainants”) representing at least twenty percent (20%) of the members of the Elective Body in which the Elected Officer serves. The Complainants shall select one or more prosecutors for the Removal Hearing and the Elected Officer may select defense counsel or a spokesman of his choosing.
SECTION B. PROCEDURES FOR REMOVAL OF AN ELECTED OFFICER
The Removal Hearing shall be held as soon a reasonably possible after the Elected Officer has received the Removal Complaint, but in any event not less than ten (10) days nor more later than forty-five (45) days, from the date of receipt. The Presiding Officer shall set the date and location of such Removal Hearing and shall be: (1) the District Governor (or his designee) at the Removal Hearing of a Chapter Officer; (ii) the Supreme President (or his designee) at a the Removal Hearing of a District Lodge Officer; (iii) the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (or his designee) at the Removal Hearing of a Supreme Lodge Officer; and (iv) the Supreme Counselor (or his designee) at the Removal Hearing of a Board of Trustees member. To be removed from office, a minimum of seventy-five percent (75%) of the members, present and voting, of the Elective Body in which the Elected Officer serves (excluding the Elected Officer) must vote for removal.