The LPO bylaws delegate most powers to the Executive Committee which has day to day operational responsibilities. The Central Committee’s role as the Controlling committee is specifically limited to the powers designated to it by the Ohio Revised Code, the LPO Party Constitution, Bylaws and other Resolutions. The Central committee, from it’s body, elects the following officers of the Central Committee.
Central Committee Chair
The Central Committee Chair is the top officer of the Controlling Committee of the Libertarian Party of Ohio. The state party chair calls meetings of the state central committee, is encouraged to stay in communications with the executive committee, lead statewide party meetings and conventions, and perform those obligations specifically enumerated to the chair by the Party Constitution, Bylaws and Standard Operating Procedures. An effective Chair assures that all member viewpoints and input is considered and strives to build consensus within the Central Committee and in their interaction with the membership and Executive Committee.
Central Committee Vice Chair
The main role of the Vice Chair is to preside over meetings when the Chair is absent. Of course, the ideal Vice Chair is active assisting the Chair in the management of the Party and may be called upon to take on the role of chair temporarily.
Central Committee Treasurer
The Central Committee Treasurer has a watchdog role over all aspects of financial management of the Party and generally leads the Audit Committee in assuring timely and accurate financial reporting by the Executive Committee. The Treasurer of the Central Committee may not have served as Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, or Assistant Treasurer of the Executive Committee for at least 4 years prior to being elected.
Central Committee Secretary
The Central Committee Secretary plays a critical role in fostering communication and diligence through proper management and utilization of important records such as Central Committee meeting minutes, maintain Central Committee contacts and rosters, and interpret the organization’s bylaws. The secretary position has wide-ranging responsibilities, requiring much more than simply being present at all board meetings. He or she is an active conduit for communication by giving proper notice of any meetings and timely distribution of materials such as agendas and meeting minutes. The Secretary also certifies elections when ballot access is denied. Specific responsibilities are enumerated in the Ohio Revised Code, the LPO Party Constitution, Bylaws and other Resolutions.This position calls for a well organized person who can effectively communicate with written minutes.
At the organizational meeting of each newly formed Central Committee (in even numbered years), 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.
Learn more about the role and responsibilities of the Executive Committee.