[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: Board nomination: Jeff McKenna

Eli Adam eadam at co.lincoln.or.us
Wed Oct 11 07:04:58 PDT 2017


On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 2:48 PM, nicolas bozon <nicolas.bozon at gmail.com> wrote:
> It is my honor to nominate Jeff McKenna for the OSGeo Board of Directors
> election.

I don't think that you can nominate the CRO, nor can the CRO accept
your nomination, https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Chief_Returning_Officer.
In some past years the CRO was a sitting Board member with a year
remaining on their term thus avoiding this situation.

> Most of you knows Jeff's energy and passion for everything OSGeo, and i
> would probably be mistaken trying to summarize his countless contributions
> over the years, at every level of our Foundation. His leadership and long
> involvement in the OSGeo and FOSS4G communities made him the Winner of the
> Solz Katz Award in 2016, and i cannot add more. For those of you who may
> really not know Jeff yet, the User:Jeff_McKenna wiki page is a good read
> before you vote.
> Jeff already served three times at the board and has a deep understanding of
> both the director role and the current OSGeo strategic plan. Experienced
> with OSGeo governance and bylaws, Jeff also knows a lot about projects and
> people. He is always ready to help build locally and to represent globally.
> Jeff is a great communicator and enthusiastic community leader, and i
> believe he will be an excellent OSGeo director again. Please let us all
> welcome Jeff back at the Board!
> Best regards,
> Nicolas Bozon
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> Jeff McKenna agreed to be nominated and i decided to send the nomination
> directly to the Discuss list with cc to CRO, so it avoids Jeff to confirm to
> himself that he accepts the nomination. The Board Nominations page still
> need to be updated, could you please Vasile ? Sorry for shortening the
> nomination process in this special case.
> -------------------------------------------------------------------

The point is not to avoid Jeff confirming to himself that he accepts
the nomination, it is to avoid the CRO running an election and
counting votes when they are also standing for election. It is really
the Board's (and CRO's) responsibility to ensure that this situation
doesn't occur.  The Board should not appoint CROs who might accept a
nomination and people who might accept a nomination should not accept
appointment as CRO.  Maybe we should return to the tradition of the
CRO being a sitting Board member with a year remaining on their term.
CRO is a difficult job and much credit to those who do it.  Also,
someone (other than me) should be paying attention to the basic
process and raise these issues.

Best regards, Eli

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