Just hours after the Columbia Association board of directors announced it had accepted the resignation of its CEO, the board began the process of finding a company to search the globe for its next executive.
The board, which has two vacant seats due to resignations, voted 6-2 to issue a request for proposals for firms to search for the successor to Lakey Boyd. Board members Andrew Stack of Owen Brown and Bill Santos of Wilde Lake voted against the measure.
Santos had wanted to delay on selecting a committee to interview the search firms until the vacant seats on the board were filled. Janet Evans, the board member from Long Reach, had also resigned Thursday, The Baltimore Banner reported, and Shari Zaret resigned the Kings Contrivance seat in December. During discussion, Alan Klein of Harper’s Choice noted that it made sense not to choose a search firm until all of the seats are filled.
The vote came at almost 11 p.m. because a public comment period took up roughly the first half-hour of the meeting. Residents spoke to express their displeasure at the board for its role in Boyd’s resignation, and other topics such as board governance and watershed management.
“I think the election plays a role in this,” said Brad Butler, vice-chair of the Owen Brown village board, speaking on his own behalf in remarks to the board. “You’ve got capable staff that can sustain the day-to-day operations through April. Let the election play out, and then choose the CEO.”
Watch the board meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgmA2BKHlFo
A few hours before the board meeting, Boyd and the Columbia Association board of directors announced that the board had accepted her resignation, effective immediately.
Dannika Rynes, senior media relations and communications manager for the Columbia Association, said there would be no further comment.
In an October Columbia Association board meeting, Boyd asked the board if she should be concerned about her job security. The board did not officially comment until January 6, when it said it had given Boyd a plan to improve its relationship and communications with her. Boyd responded that the plan would make her inffective at her job, and said she would ask to be transitioned out of the organization.
Boyd became CEO of CA in May 2021, after a nationwide recruitment effort that took place over several months.