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Financial Code - FIN

DIVISION 5. CREDIT UNIONS [14000 - 16906]

  ( Division 5 repealed and added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 112. )

CHAPTER 4. Management and Operations [14400 - 14768]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 112. )

ARTICLE 2. Directors [14450 - 14456]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 112. )


The credit union shall be directed by a board consisting of an odd number of directors, at least five in number, each of whom shall be a member of the credit union in his own right, to be elected by the members at their annual meeting.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 811.)


Directors may be elected for a term of three years or less. If directors are elected for terms in excess of one year their terms of office shall be staggered so that insofar as possible an equal number of such terms shall expire each year.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 112.)


The office of any director shall be declared vacant if such director is absent from three consecutive regular meetings of the board of directors unless excused therefrom.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 112.)


A vacancy on the board of directors shall be filled in accordance with Section 7224 of the Corporations Code, subject to the following:

(a) A vacancy that exists due to the expiration of the term of a director shall be filled only by the members of a credit union.

(b) If the board of directors elects a director to fill a vacancy, the director so elected shall hold office only until the next annual meeting at which time the members shall elect a director to hold office until the expiration of the term for which elected.

(c) If the members elect a director to fill a vacancy, the director so elected shall hold office until the expiration of the term for which elected.

(Added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 539, Sec. 22. Effective January 1, 1999.)


The board of directors of every credit union shall have the general management of the affairs, funds, and records of the credit union. The board shall meet on a regular basis, not less than quarterly, as reasonably determined by the board. The board may appoint an executive committee of no fewer than three directors, to serve at its pleasure, to act as expressly approved by the board of directors in accordance with the laws and regulations.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 353, Sec. 3. (AB 2274) Effective January 1, 2017.)


The directors shall hold a meeting of all directors within 10 days after the annual meeting of members pursuant to Section 14804 for the purpose of electing the officers of the credit union as prescribed in Sections 14500 and 14501.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 951, Sec. 4.)


Unless the bylaws expressly reserve any or all of the following duties to the members, the directors have all of the following special duties:

(a) To act upon all applications for membership. The directors may delegate the power to approve applications for new membership to: (1) the chairperson of a membership committee or to an executive committee; or (2) any officer, director, committee member, or employee, pursuant to a written membership plan adopted by the board of directors.

(b) To expel members for any of the following causes:

(1) Conviction of a criminal offense involving moral turpitude.

(2) Failure to carry out contracts, agreements, or obligations with the credit union.

(3) Refusal to comply with the provisions of this division or of the bylaws.

Any members who are expelled by the board of directors have the right to appeal therefrom to the members, in which event, after hearing, the order of suspension may be revoked by a two-thirds vote of the members present at a special meeting to consider the matter.

(c) To determine from time to time the interest rate on obligations with members and to authorize the payment of interest refunds to borrowing members.

(d) To fix the maximum number of shares which may be held by, and, in accordance with Section 15100, establish the maximum amount of obligations which may be entered into with, any one member.

(e) To declare dividends on shares in accordance with the credit union’s policies and to determine the interest rate or rates which will be paid on certificates for funds.

(f) To amend the bylaws, except where membership approval is required.

(g) To fill vacancies in the credit committee, and to temporarily fill vacancies caused by the suspension of any or all members of the credit committee, pending a meeting of the members to determine whether to affirm the suspension and vacate the office, or to reinstate the member or members.

(h) To direct the deposit or investment of funds, except loans to members.

(i) To designate alternate members of the credit committee who shall serve in the absence or inability of the regular members to perform their duties.

(j) To perform or authorize any action not inconsistent with law or regulation and not specifically reserved by the bylaws for the members, and to perform any other duties as the bylaws may prescribe.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 267, Sec. 2. (AB 2862) Effective January 1, 2019.)

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