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.
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