The Executive Committee is much like a corporation's officers. They are elected and overseen by the Central Committee (Board of Directors in a corporation) to manage operations of the Party. There are seven seats on the LPO Executive Committee: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and three At Large seats elected from the Central Committee.
The basic responsibilities of all officers (Central and Executive Committee) are:
- Duty of Care — Each board 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.
- Duty of Loyalty — Each board member must put the interests of the organization before their personal and professional interests when acting on behalf of the organization in a decision-making capacity. The organization’s needs come first.
- Duty of Obedience — Board members bear the legal responsibility of ensuring that the organization complies with the applicable federal, state, and local laws and adheres to its mission.
The Executive Committee appoints Directors, Deputies, and all other members of the 5 operational divisions and as a team run the daily operations and is responsible for operating on a balanced budget.
Significant commitment and flexible availability is required. Meetings are held every month (nearly always on a Saturday) or two in Columbus and some roles require additional travel. Executive Committee members must check the Party’s electronic communications on a daily basis to vote on interim business as needed. Most members of the Executive Committee also play key roles in the operational divisions.
Beginning in 2019, Executive Committee elections are held in odd numbered years. Vacancies are filled by the Central Committee.
- A committee member must be registered as a Libertarian, or when ballot access is denied, an “issues only” ballot must have been used during the last primary.
- Nominations and notification of intention to run must be submitted 7 days prior to the Central Committee’s organizational meeting.
- No member may hold the same office on the Executive Committee for more than 8 consecutive years.
- At Large members must also be members of the Central Committee.
Executive Committee Officers
The Central Committee elects the officers of the Executive committee. 2018 will be the last year that the Executive Committee is elected at the same time the Central Committee is. Starting in 2019, Central Committee Elections will be held in odd numbered years to give the Central Committee time to evaluate the performance of the existing Executive Committee and to avoid leadership disruption during primary elections, especially the Presidential.
The Executive Committee is responsible for the day to day operations of the Party.
Executive Committee Chair
The Executive Committee Chair is the top officer of the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Ohio. This position is elected by the Central Committee to whom the Chair reports to. The Executive Committee chair has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the LPO, its volunteers, members, and other resources to implement the Party’s mission. The Executive Chair must develop a deep knowledge of the Party, its core programs, initiatives, operations and budgetary restraints. The Executive Committee Chair, with Executive Committee input, approves the appointment of Directors, Deputies, and other volunteers. The Executive Committee chair is responsible to issue directives clarifying the operations or policies affecting general party operations or procedures, including guidelines for divisions and committees through the maintenance of Standard Operating Procedures.
Executive 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.
Executive Committee Treasurer
The Executive Committee Treasurer is responsible for maintaining the books of the LPO and reports to the Central Committee's Audit Sub Committee and prepares and reviews the state of finances at every Executive Committee Meeting.
Executive Committee Secretary
The Execute 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 Executive Committee and Organizational records, 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 role also requires filing of reports, changes in Central Committee Membership, the Constitution or Bylaws to the Secretary of State. This position calls for a well organized person who can effectively communicate with written minutes.
Executive Committee - At Large
Three At Large members are elected from the body of the Central Committee. Their responsibility is to represent the Central Committee in the daily operations of the Party. Individually, or collectively, they report back to the Central Committee a summary of the Executive Committee's progress, accomplishments, objectives and challenges. Much briefer and more interesting than meeting minutes, these reports only need to summarize the major issues of each Executive Committee meeting. At Large members are also often Directors, Deputy Directors or otherwise active supporters.
While At Large members of the Executive Committee must be members of the Central Committee, none of the other officers have the same requirement and in fact, don’t even have to be Party Members.