wfdickjr Posted June 5, 2011 at 04:05 PM Report Share Posted June 5, 2011 at 04:05 PM BACKGROUND: I am a member of an administrative board that governs the park department in a small midwestern city. The board has nine members. Three new members of the park board are appointed each year by the mayor and city council in accordance with ordinances. The ordinances specify the length of the term in office as three years. The official appointment specifies the beginning date and the ending date of the term in office. AT ISSUE: "When do new appointees become members of the board?"POSITION-1: The new appointee is a member as of the beginning date stated on their appointment.POSITION-2: Parliamentary procedure indicates that new appointees become members only at the first regular meeting of the board following the beginning date of their appointment. SITUATION: Ordinances and bylaws make no distinction between an appointee whose term has begun and an appointee who has attended their first regular meeting. There is no dispute on that point. City ordinance and park board bylaws do, however, require that Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised be observed where not inconsistent with ordinances or bylaws. The invocation of parliamentary procedure in position 2 above, therefore, takes on the color of law.QUESTION: Does Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised in fact support position 2 with respect to our situation?My search of RONR does not seem to support position 2. I am no parliamentarian, however, and would appreciate any comments you care to offer.Thank you for your consideration. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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