N.T. from Florida writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Mister Condo replies:
N.T., I am sorry that you have lost a Board member. I am sure that the death of a neighbor and volunteer has upset many in your community and I offer my condolences to your community and the family of the Board member who has passed.
As for the governance of your community association, your by-laws spell out how to handle the loss of a Board member. The fact that the Board has not agreed on a suitable candidate is unfortunate but it really doesn’t need to change anything. Generally speaking, the remaining Board members can appoint an interim Board member but if the Board doesn’t have a majority of members agreeing on the candidate, I would simply not try to select a replacement. The Board can continue to function as a 4 person Board until the election in 5 months. That may lead to some other split votes where action cannot be taken until the 5th Board member is elected but it is unlikely that the 4 person Board would disagree on everything that comes up for a vote between now and then. After the 5th Board member is elected, it is back to business as usual. All the best!