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How do we dismiss an officer appointed by the president?

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Our executive board is voted in. Our President appoints the rest of the board positions. How do we handle dismissing a board member (conflict of interest)? Our bylaws does not address this. We thought since the President appointed the position, she could unappoint it (she has the support of the executive board), based on this Robt's Rule: "If appointment was by the president acting alone under paragraph (d), he may remove or replace committee members by his own act (see p. 177). BUT, someone has pointed out that the wording says, "committee members" not board members. Again, since she appointed the board position, we thought she could dismiss them? Please advice. thank you!

Dear Debra,

The principle is the appointing body or member is the same one that can remove. However, there needs to be "just cause" for the removal--derelict of duty, fraud, etc. I do not understand what a conflict of interest would be. Think carefully before removing someone. If the appointment is only for year, is the problem so great that it could not be settle by new appointment with the beginning of the new term or new year? No one wants to be a member of an organization headed by a Queen of Hearts who is always saying "off with his head!"

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Question submitted by Debra on June 26, 2014