The membership of KZYX has voted overwhelmingly to approve bylaw changes designed to strengthen board governance and effectiveness by reducing the frequency of board elections to every other year from annually and extending the term of board members to four years from three.
Independent tabulator P.J. Nielsen reported that 705 members voted yes to the changes, or 95.5 percent of the vote, while 33 or 4.5 percent voted no. There was one spoiled ballot and several that stated no preference. Only ballots received in Ms Nielsen’s Post Office box by 31 October were counted.
"We're now poised to move into our celebratory 30th year in a stronger position than we've been in years," said John Azzaro, president of the Mendocino County Public Broadcasting board of directors.
"Our dedicated and talented current board can tackle key strategic initiatives without the disruption of annual elections and possibly losing three capable members every year. We're responding to members' top demand -- growing the KZYX Community News -- while expanding membership and growing revenues through fresh underwriting, a variety of grants and a major capital campaign."
The changes, which have immediate effect, affect three sections of the station Bylaws, which now will read as follows:
- Section 6.02 Number of Directors, Term of Office: 1) The Board will consist of nine (9) Directors, each with four (4) year terms of office.
- Section 6.03 Elections: 1) Regularly scheduled elections for vacant Board seats will be held in March of every even-numbered year. If additional Board seats become vacant within one-hundred-fifty (150) days prior to regularly scheduled Board election, such vacancies may be included in the scheduled election for the purpose of filling the unexpired portion of the vacated term.
- Section 6.05 Programmer-Elected Director: 1) This Director shall be elected by ballot from among the programmers by programmers in a special election that shall take place concurrently with the regular Board election. The programmer-elected Director shall serve a four (4) year term.
The updated bylaws will be posted on KZYX.org.
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