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Hi all - 

After months of contention between members, our Board recently voted to impeach one of our officers of the Board. Per our Bylaws, the officer is suspended pending the outcome of a hearing. Since this officer's position is crucial to the well-functioning of the organization, the Chair has inquired about temporarily replacing that member with a new appointee pending the outcome of the hearing. Our Bylaws are silent on the matter of appointing temporary replacements following a member's suspension. The Bylaws just say that a suspended member loses all rights and privileges associated with Board membership.

Question: Since our Bylaws are silent, are there any procedures under RONR that allow the Chair to appoint a replacement for a suspended member?

Thanks in advance! Any references to RONR are appreciated.

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No; you will actually have to remove the officer from the Board in order to then replace him.

Depending n wording in your bylaws, it may be easy (relatively) to do so, or not so easy.  See p. 574 & 653

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3 hours ago, Guest ParliaGuest said:

Per our Bylaws, the officer is suspended pending the outcome of a hearing.

Since this officer's position is crucial to the well-functioning of the organization, the Chair has inquired about temporarily replacing that member with a new appointee pending the outcome of the hearing.

Our Bylaws are silent on the matter of appointing temporary replacements following a member's suspension.

The Bylaws just say that a suspended member loses all rights and privileges associated with Board membership.

Question: Since our Bylaws are silent, are there any procedures under RONR that allow the Chair to appoint a replacement for a suspended member?

Beware of the distinction:

(a.) replacing an elected officer position with a non-elected non-officer.

(b.) having another party take over duties and tasks of a suspended (or dead) officer. (And not take over any perqs of office like officership.)

• You cannot do #a.

• You can do #b.

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Example scenario.

ASSUME: Treasure dies.

Quiz: Q. Does the organization lose the ability to pay its bills and collect dues (e.g, write checks and make deposits)?

Answer: No.

 

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Guest ParliaGuest

Got it - thanks for the distinction. How can you assume the duties of another officer? What is the procedure for doing so? Any citations to RONR are appreciated.

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3 hours ago, Guest ParliaGuest said:

Got it - thanks for the distinction. How can you assume the duties of another officer? What is the procedure for doing so? Any citations to RONR are appreciated.

What officer position are we talking about, exactly?

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