IV-1. Executive departments; officers; when elected; terms; eligibility; books to be kept at seat of government; residence of officers; heads of departments; appointments.

The executive officers of the state shall be the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer, Attorney General, and the heads of such other executive departments as set forth herein or as may be established by law. The Legislature may provide for the placing of the above named officers as heads over such departments of government as it may by law establish.

The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor of Public Accounts, and State Treasurer shall be chosen at the general election held in November 1974, and in each alternate even-numbered year thereafter, for a term of four years and until their successors shall be elected and qualified.

Each candidate for Governor shall select a person to be the candidate for Lieutenant Governor on the general election ballot. In the general election one vote shall be cast jointly for the candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The Governor shall be ineligible to the office of Governor for four years next after the expiration of two consecutive terms for which he or she was elected.

The records, books, and papers of all executive officers shall be kept at the seat of government. Executive officers shall reside within the State of Nebraska during their respective terms of office. Officers in the executive department of the state shall perform such duties as may be provided by law.

The heads of all executive departments established by law, other than those to be elected as provided herein, shall be appointed by the Governor, with the consent of a majority of all members elected to the Legislature, but officers so appointed may be removed by the Governor. Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the heads of the various executive or civil departments shall have power to appoint and remove all subordinate employees in their respective departments.

Source:Neb. Const. art. V, sec. 1 (1875); Amended 1920, Constitutional Convention, 1919-1920, No. 13; Transferred by Constitutional Convention, 1919-1920, art. IV, sec. 1; Amended 1936, Laws 1935, c. 188, sec. 1, p. 694; Amended 1952, Laws 1951, c. 164, sec. 2(2), p. 645; Amended 1958, Laws 1957, c. 213, sec. 1, p. 748; Amended 1962, Laws 1961, c. 249, sec. 1, p. 736; Amended 1964, Laws 1963, c. 296, sec. 1, p. 883; Amended 1966, Laws 1965, c. 300, sec. 1, p. 846; Amended 1970, Laws 1969, c. 417, sec. 1, p. 1428; Amended 1998, Laws 1997, LR 8CA, sec. 1; Amended 2000, Laws 1999, LR 14CA, sec. 1.