Committee Policy update

By Karen Billing

The Rancho Santa Fe Association board April 19 approved several updates to its Committee Policy, which establishes the procedures for committees and how appointments are made to standing committees. A question was raised by a member recently as to the practice of interviewing potential candidates for committees and the Art Jury in closed session.

RSF Association Manager Pete Smith indicated that the selection process usually includes board interviews with candidates and an open decision of qualifications and the candidate’s thoughts on issues. Smith said the Association board has found that the interviews are better conducted in closed session for a more open exchange of ideas and to insure everyone’s privacy. Additionally, members tend to prefer a private discussion over an open meeting to discuss their positions on issues facing the community, according to Smith. The Association board said it has discussed this issue with Association counsel and feels the topic is appropriate for closed session.