Elections will be Held In 2020
Since we only received a single candidate for the open seats the following candidates will be declared elected at the 2020 Annual Meeting on July 14 at 2pm Eastern:
- President – Alberto Hook
- Treasurer – Alicia Vela
- Fire Alarm Associate Director – Kelly Ryan
- Vendor Associate Director – Dave Moss – PM AM Corporation
Note – Rick Moore indicated a willingness to run again but the bylaws say “If a member in good standing submits a request for consideration of candidacy, as provided in these Bylaws, for the same seat occupied by an incumbent, the candidacy of the incumbent shall not be accepted if the incumbent has served in a single position for more than four (4) consecutive terms or eight (8) years, whichever is greater.” Rick has served as associate director for 10 years. A bylaw change has been proposed to eliminate Vice President – Fire Alarm position and also allow committee chairs to serve on the board as voting members. Tammy Foxworthy has indicated a willingness to run for Vice President – Fire Alarms. If the bylaw is not adopted she will be elected as the only candidate. If the bylaw passed she would serve on the board as Symposium Chair.
Bylaw Vote will be Done Online
The vote on the proposed change (see below) will be done online. Each public safety agency that is a member in good standing will get ONE vote on the bylaw change. We will be conducting the vote thru an online service to ensure the confidentiality of your vote.
Please email Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a ballot.
Deadline to request a ballot is July 10 at 5 pm Eastern.
Ballots will need to be recorded online by July 14 at 2:15 pm Eastern to be counted.
Bylaw Changes Proposed for Vote at The Annual Meeting
Change #1- Vice Presidents
Rationale –The current bylaw provisions establish a Vice President Electronic Security & Vice President Fire Alarms. The proposed change would establish a single Vice President. The recommended language would streamline the board and eliminate a position that has a limited pool of members to draw from. This is true because a limited number of members regulate fire.
Proposed Language –
Article 4, Section 1. Officers: A. The Officers of the FARA shall consist of
five (5) four (4) public safety members elected at the annual FARA Membership Meeting. B. The five four officers shall be the President, Vice President – Electronic Security, Vice President- Fire Alarms, Secretary and the Treasurer.
Article 4, Section 4. Term of Office: C. The Board of Directors has been divided into two groups for the purpose of elections. Group One, elected only in odd-numbered years, is identified as the Vice President
-Electronic Security, Secretary, Two Directors at Large, and the Electronic Security Associate Director, and Group Two, elected only in even-numbered years, is identified as the President, Vice President- Fire Alarms,Treasurer, one Director at Large, Fire Alarm Associate Director and Vendor Associate Director.
Change #2- At Large Directors
Rationale – The current bylaw provisions establish three directors at large and allow the board to set the number by ¾ vote. The proposed change would establish a single at large director. The recommended language would streamline the board and encourage participation as chairpersons or members of committees.
Proposed Language –
Article 4, Section 2. The Board of Directors: A. The Board of Directors of the FARA shall consist of the Officers,
up to three one At-Large Member s of the Board, the Immediate Past President of the Association, one Electronic Security Associate Director, one Fire Alarm Associate Director and one Vendor Associate Director. C: The Board of Directors can set the number of up to three Public Safety At-Large Members on the Board by a vote of three quarters of the members of the board, provided that the vote shall not result in the removal of an existing board member who is willing to serve.
Change #3- Committee Chairpersons & Chapter Presidents
Rationale – Committee Chairpersons & Chapter Presidents have been serving as Ex-officio non-voting members on the FARA board. The proposal would make them voting members of the board. This will allow continued coordination of the board, chapters and committees.
Proposed Language – Article 4, Section 2. The Board of Directors: The Board of Directors of the FARA shall consist of the Officers, up to three At-Large Members of the Board, the Immediate Past President of the Association, each committee chairperson, each chapter president, one Electronic Security Associate Director, one Fire Alarm Associate Director and one Vendor Associate Director.
Change #4- Candidate Qualifications
Rationale – The current bylaws set the following requirements for candidates for office: Been in good standing for at least one year; and attended at least one FARA Annual Membership Meeting; and served on one or more FARA committees. The Board may waive the requirements for candidates by a two-thirds vote if no candidates meeting the requirements come forward. The proposal would open up all offices to all members in good standing who agree to support the mission of FARA.
Proposed Language – Section 3. Nomination and Election of Officers and Directors: A. Nominations or Declarations for Office: Candidates for Officers and Directors shall be taken from members who are in good standing and agree to support the mission of the False Alarm Reduction Association.
have: * been in good standing for at least one year; and * attended at least one FARA Annual Membership Meeting; and * served on one or more FARA committees. The Board may waive the requirements for candidates specified in Section 3(A) by a two-thirds vote if no candidates meeting the requirements come forward
Join Us for the 2020 FARA Virtual Symposium
Our 2020 Symposium will be held via Webinar on 3 special sessions
- Tuesday 6-9-20 – Town Hall on COVID 18 Impact
- Tuesday 7-14-20 – Membership Meeting
- Tuesday 8-11-20 – To Be Determined