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Christison Company

3090 Independence Drive Suite 100

Livermore, California 94551

United States

Company Description

Christison Company is a full service CID (Common Interest Development) management and consulting firm. Our office in Pleasanton, California has four in-house departments staffed with professionals specializing in areas of association operations and manage ... more

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Member of the Subdivision Advisory Committee

Board Member
California Association of Community Managers Inc

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Individual HOA Board Members: Your Authority is Limited - Pavese [cached]

The manager who triggered the debate is Doug Christison, an industry veteran and president of the Christison Co., a community association management company in Pleasanton, Calif.

He starts by explaining the difference between administration and management of an association. "Those two words get mixed up often," claims Christison, who says the board is the association's administrator, and it hires a manager to handle the day-to-day management of the association. "The primary role of the board isn't the management of the association per se. It's not the day-to-day actions. It's for the oversight of people who are assigned or accountable by either some sort of a contract or agreement to do those actions."
With that in mind, can an individual director act outside of the board? "The answer is yes, if the board says so," contends Christison. "The board can do pretty much what it sets up its rules to do. It's a written exercise, and that language becomes the guidance for the management to take and run with.
"That often becomes where the problems arise because without an individual charter or authority somewhere written down, individuals tend to expand their scope of authority beyond what the other members intended," says Christison. "So for the board members to step in and start taking executive authority, like directing a landscaper, that's where, at least under California law, they've entered into dicey area. That's because, as directors, they then end up overseeing themselves.
"Board members shouldn't even on an individual basis be delegated things the group is supposed to be in charge of," argues Christison.
"That's really offensive to the directors who aren't there," says Christison. "In addition, often boards don't know their own policies. In those cases, they may be directing others to violate association policy."
This Has Real Consequences
Christison offers what he calls an extreme example of how this misuse of authority can play out. "A couple of years ago, after serving on the board for some time, a gentleman was elevated to be president," he recalls. "Through his individual aggression, he instructed the managing agent-me-not to communicate with any other board members. He would do things like direct the landscaper or contact a homeowner and say, 'I'm going to fine you.' Note the big 'I' in that situation.
"He had read the governing documents in a way that was rather peculiar to empower himself in that way," explains Christison.

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