WHEN BOARD PRESIDENTS THINK THEY ARE DICTATORS!
Published April 15, 2022
In earlier posts I had already pointed out that there are quite
a few board presidents who think their names are Adolf, Joseph
or Fidel – and they act accordingly. Let’s make sure: A
president is an officer, not the CEO of the association. And
like any other officer he/she ONLY has ONE VOTE at
the board meeting, no matter what Robert’s Rules or any other
rule may say. A president can’t make any kind of decision
without the approval of a majority of the board at a public
The other board members have to understand that they will as
well be held responsible if anything goes wrong after the
president makes single-handed decisions that backfire one way or
the other. – or if money “miraculously” disappears. These board
members have to understand that they – even silently – condoned
these actions of the president.
And I often hear complaints from board members claiming that the
board president takes actions without approval of the board –
just claiming he can do it because he is the president.
These other board members seem to forget that the president
serves at the pleasure of the board. A simple majority vote of
the board members at a publicly announced board meeting can
remove him from office.
A board president who thinks that he/she is actually a DICTATOR
is a great danger for the financial welfare of all owners of the
A board president has certain rights as detailed in the Bylaws,
but that’s it! And all community members, and especially the
other board members should always keep that in mind!
REMEMBER: POWER CORRUPTS – AND MORE POWER CORRUPTS EVEN MORE!
Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice,
's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group.
CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in
associations. He moved to
in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the
developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues
for his own purposes. End of retirement!
CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in
- finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a
member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.
The organization has two websites to inform interested
homeowners and condo owners:
News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.
Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.
We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all
service providers surely have a different interest! We are
trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are
useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking