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

Fenoy Gerald gerald.fenoy at geolabs.fr
Wed Oct 11 07:44:04 PDT 2017

Dear Eli,
as you may have notice, Jeff has stepped down from his position of co-CRO when accepting the Nicolas’ nomination [1].

Jeff was involved in the charter member election process as co-CRO but he is no more so, I guess, there is no issue for the board election.

Best regards,

[1] https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/discuss/2017-October/036449.html

Gérald Fenoy

> Le 11 oct. 2017 à 16:04, Eli Adam <eadam at co.lincoln.or.us> a écrit :
> Nicolas,
> 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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