The Central Committee acts much like a Board of Directors in a corporation in that it represents the interests of their voters (shareholders) and elects and oversees the Executive Committee (Corporate Officers), who manage the day to day operations of the Party. The role of Committee Members is very similar to Board Members.
There are three basic responsibilities of all members of the Central Committee, its officers, the Executive Committee and its Directors, Deputies and appointees.
Duty of Care — Each committee member has a legal responsibility to participate actively in making decisions on behalf of the organization and to exercise his or her best judgment while doing so. They must ensure prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will.
Duty of Loyalty — Each committee member must ensure that the Party's activities and transactions are, first and foremost, advancing its mission. Each committee member must put the interests of the Party before their personal and professional interests when acting on behalf of the Party in a decision-making capacity.
Duty of Obedience — Committee members, especially officers, bear the legal responsibility of ensuring that the organization complies with the applicable federal, state, and local laws and adheres to its mission.
Role of the Central Committee
- Serve as a trusted adviser to the Executive Committee in developing and implementing a strategic plan.
- Partner with other Committee members, officers and directors to ensure that resolutions are carried out. Involvement may include participation in subcommittees, task forces or taking on special assignments.
- It is important to have an understanding and working knowledge of the Party Constitution, Bylaws and other Resolutions.
- Review outcomes, measuring impact and evaluating the effectiveness of the Party’s efforts, including review of the meeting agendas and notes prior to meetings, confirm post meeting minutes and At-large reports, and be available for advice, meetings, and interim electronic votes when called upon.
- Assist in the recruitment of other committee members, officers, candidates and activists as an ambassador of the Party.
- Ultimately, the Central Committee represent the constituents of their home district. Their role is to guide the organization to empower Libertarians and free-thinking people in their own backyard.
- Committee members should consider the LPO a philanthropic priority and actively contribute to reflect that priority. We appreciate all members that make a personal commitment to the time involved or contribute financially as commensurate with their personal capacity.
Responsibilities of Central Committee Members
- LPO Membership – All Central Committee members must be members of the LPO as defined in the Bylaws (100). Only members who live in the District shall be eligible to be Central Committee members for that District. Moving away from a district surrenders the seat based on Ohio law. Members of the Central Committee are responsible for updating their contact information, including, but not limited to, their residence, mailing address, phone, profile picture and personal email address (an lpo.org email account will be setup for Party business), with the Chair and Secretary of the Central Committee.
- Meetings - The Central Committee usually meets (with a two week notice except for emergencies) three to four times (a minimum of 2) a year in Ohio (usually, Columbus). Attendance is expected at all meetings because business can’t be conducted without quorum. Any Central Committee member who does not participate in two out of three consecutive meetings, without an excused absence, shall be considered to have abdicated their seat.
- Host Election for Successor if needed - Central Committee members are also responsible for organizing private Primary elections if ballot access is denied by the State of Ohio.
- Technology requirements - All Central Committee members are provided access to our technology tools that they must learn and use including: Basecamp, our internal communications tool; a dedicated lpo,org email for external communications; and NationBuilder, our contact management system. Central Committee members are expected to check into our online forum and access their party email accounts at least once a week to conduct any necessary business between formal meetings.
- Participation is the point - While the meeting and voting responsibilities as a Central Committee member aren’t very time consuming, it is desirable that Central Committee members be actively involved in the counties and regions within their district. Central Committee members may also be called on to participate in subcommittees, special projects and events, or be elected to leadership roles on the Central or Executive Committee.
- Leadership - Leadership is elected at the organizational (first) meeting of the Central Committee and vacancies can be filled at any Central Committee meeting. The Central Committee elects its own Officers as well as the Executive Committee.
Central Committee Officers
The Central Committee elects the following officers from its membership.
- Central Committee Chair
- Central Committee Vice Chair
- Central Committee Treasurer
- Central Committee Secretary
Executive Committee Officers
At the organizational meeting of a newly formed Central Committee, the following officers of the Executive Committee are elected by the Central Committee.
- Executive Committee Chair
- Executive Committee Vice Chair
- Executive Committee Treasurer
- Executive Committee Secretary
- 3 At-large members
The At Large Members must also be members of the Central Committee, but other officers and directors need not.