(1) Each new housing agency created under the Nebraska Housing Agency Act, and within one hundred twenty days after January 1, 2000, each existing housing agency, shall include among the commissioners constituting the governing body of each local housing agency at least one commissioner who shall be known as a resident commissioner. For purposes of this section, resident commissioner means a member of the governing board of a local housing agency whose eligibility for membership is based upon such person's status as a recipient of direct assistance from the agency except as otherwise provided in this section.
(2) Within sixty days after January 1, 2000, or within thirty days after any vacancy in the office of a resident commissioner, every local housing agency shall notify any resident advisory board or other resident organization and all adult persons directly assisted by such agency to the effect that the position of resident commissioner is open and that if any such person is interested in being considered as a candidate for the position, such person should notify the local housing agency, in writing, within thirty days of the person's willingness to be considered and to serve in the position.
(3) The resident commissioner shall be selected, either by an election or by appointment, as follows:
(a) The housing agency may hold an election, allowing each adult direct recipient of its assistance to vote by secret written ballot, at such time and place, or through the mail, as such agency may choose, all to be conducted within thirty days after the receipt of names of candidates as provided in subsection (2) of this section. The candidate receiving the most votes shall serve as resident commissioner.
(b) In the event that the housing agency decides not to hold an election, the names of all persons interested who have notified the housing agency of their interest in so serving shall be forwarded to the mayor or to the county board, as the case may be, and the resident commissioner shall be appointed from the list of names, as provided in section 71-1594, subject to confirmation as provided in section 71-1596. In the case of a regional housing agency, the regional board of commissioners shall make such an appointment from among the persons interested in such position.
(c) In the event that no qualified person has submitted to the local housing agency his or her name as being interested as a candidate for the position, then the mayor, county board, or regional housing agency, as the case may be, shall fill the position from among all adult persons receiving direct assistance from the agency subject to confirmation, in the case of cities and counties, pursuant to section 71-1596. If a local housing agency owns less than three hundred low-income housing units (which, for purposes of this subdivision, does not include units of housing occupied by persons assisted under any rental assistance program) and the housing agency has received no notification of interest in serving as a resident commissioner as provided in this section, no resident commissioner shall be required to be selected.