At last night's meeting the town council chairman once again demonstrated her ignorance of procedure.
In a none-too-veiled reference to the previous chairman Steve Lazo she remarked that unlike the case of the charter review committee she was not naming the chairman of the bylaw review committee. Rather, she would allow the committee to elect its own chairman.
Apparently she has forgotten that the town council rules provide that, unless otherwise stated, the council's conduct shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order.
Robert's Rules of Order, 10th edition, provides as follows on page 168:
"DESIGNATING THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. If the chair appoints or nominates the committee, he has the duty to select its chairman - which he does by naming that person to the committee first - and the committee cannot elect another. The chair should not state the name of any committee member until he has decided his preference for chairman. The chair should specifically mention as chairman the first committee member he names, but if he neglects to state this fact, the designation is nevertheless automatic unless the first-named member immediately declines the chairmanship (which the member can do, and remain on the committee). If the first-named member declines to serve as chairman, the chair then names his next choice for the position."
So, once again the chairman's snarkiness is undermined by her ignorance.