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Subject: Removal of Committee Chair.
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MichelleR
(Texas)

Posts:1


05/17/2006 4:02 PM  
My husband was removed from his position as Safety Committee Chairman. The management company claims he was being slanderous when he inquired why they were removed from another community. He has not mentioned any non-facts to anyone in regards to their relationship with the other community before, or since, the property manager's supervisor assured him that the same issues won't arise in our development. In fact, he was appointed as Safety Committee Chairman four days following that exact conversation. It needs to be said that there was no activity from any committee until he started getting people involved. Now, all the commitee's are trying to become very active.

He was constantly met with resistance on anything he mentioned to the management company in regards to what the homeowners said they want. With the exception of the speed limit signs. He was met with non-responses to his e-mail. He explained to the property manager that he will need to pass on what he has experienced to the homeowners. Even in that e-mail, he never stated anything that he couldn't prove. It was based on the e-mail exchanges and frustration he has experienced dealing with the current property manager.

He was suddenly removed and informed he cannot be a part of any committee based on the conversatoin about the management's company being removed from the other community. It's puzzling because he was told he was doing an outstanding job, then sent out an email to some of the homeowners and then removed based on a conversation he had prior to being a committee chairman.

He has received a letter that stated he specifically wrote the property manager on May 10th threatening slander. The only e-mail he sent on May 10th was requesting the logo in a high dpi format to use on a Yard of The Month sign. (He was also the Landscape Committee Co-Chairman) He has since requested a copy of any e-mail that was sent after March 31st, during his time as the Safety Committee Chairman, proving he said anything slanderous about the company's association with the other developer.

Is this common practice of HOA's? Replace chairmen that speak out for the homeowner? Any recourse in Texas?
DavidF
(Texas)

Posts:8


05/17/2006 6:54 PM  
Posted By MichelleR on 05/17/2006 4:02 PM
Is this common practice of HOA's? Replace chairmen that speak out for the homeowner? Any recourse in Texas?


Common political practice anywhere.

Fire the management company, but that means getting your neighbors involved enough to change the Board to one that has the guts to fire them. Took us 3 years, but with enough Owner education, the support showed up and the Board was changed.

JulieS
(Georgia)

Posts:412


05/18/2006 6:16 AM  
I would think the board of directors decide who can be on a committee and who cannot...not the management company.
SwanB
(Washington)

Posts:199


05/18/2006 6:30 AM  
I agree with JulieS. Check your bylaws as to committee structure and appointments and who can remove or disband those committees.
RogerB
(Colorado)

Posts:5067


05/18/2006 7:33 AM  
Bylaws I've read often authorize the President to appoint members to committees, except for the nominating committee and the Architectural committee which are appointed by the Board. Often committees appoint one of their members as the chair, except the above two committees where the chair is assigned by the Board.

Volunteers should always be encouraged, never discouraged. In this case only one side's point of view was posted but I must say "It is hard to find GOOD FREE HELP!"
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