[ARIN-consult] Consultation on Implementing Term Limits for the ARIN Board of Trustees

Steve Feldman steven.feldman at cbsinteractive.com
Thu Dec 2 16:57:13 EST 2021

I'm fine with the concept of term limits. Nine years seems like a
reasonable compromise between continuity and healthy turnover.

I do have some issues with this text:

> Current Board members may serve out the remainder of their current term,
> and the term limits will be imposed upon any subsequent re-election to the
> Board. Any current Board member would therefore be eligible to serve three
> additional terms upon re-election, to ensure continuity, orderly
> succession, and prevent precipitous loss of corporate memory.

Does this mean, as Andrew suggested, that the term limit timer doesn't
apply to currently serving Board members?  I agree with those who have
commented that any limits should also apply to current members, so anyone
at or beyond the limit should be ineligible for reelection when their
current term ends.

There's also a potential issue with short terms, for anyone who was elected
to fill out the remainder of someone else's term.  Should these partial
terms count toward the limit?  Note that under the current bylaws it's
possible for someone to be elected to consecutive partial terms.  At NANOG
we attempted to solve this by making the limit a fixed number of
consecutive years rather than terms.

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