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

Eli Adam eadam at co.lincoln.or.us
Wed Oct 11 09:35:58 PDT 2017

On Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 7:44 AM, Fenoy Gerald <gerald.fenoy at geolabs.fr> wrote:
> Dear Eli,
> as you may have notice, Jeff has stepped down from his position of co-CRO when accepting the Nicolas’ nomination [1].

I didn't find that thread while scanning through the archive.  Thanks
for pointing it out to me.

> 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.

Was the cro at osgeo.org email alias updated?  I didn't notice a ticket
for that.  I'm impressed that there is so little concern about the
proper process.  The Board did not appear to review this topic at
their last meeting,
https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Meeting_2017-10-05, so perhaps it is
of no concern to the Board.

Best regards, Eli

> Best regards,
> [1] https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/discuss/2017-October/036449.html
> Gérald Fenoy
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Djay
>> 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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