Original Post from 2/25/2019
Vin Lananna, the elected President of USATF has not been able to serve in that role for over a year, since the USATF Board unanimously put him on "temporary administrative leave" last February citing a federal investigation into the 2021 Eugene World Championship bid which Vin helped lead.
Vin has been trying to get his Presidency back ever since and now has filed a grievance that will be heard by an arbitrator.
Here is the full grievance.
Vin's main argument is that the someone is only supposed to be placed on "temporary" leave if they are temporarily incapacitated. Vin is perfectly able to serve on the Board. If the Presiden is to be removed from office for conflicts of interest or something else that is a different procedure that is supposed to be handled by the USATF delegates.
The agument seems logical to me. Sort of like the 25th Amedment ot the US Constitution. If the President is physically unable to serve, his cabinet can remove him temporarily or permanently, but if the President is doing a shitty job, he should be impeached by Congress not temporarily removed by the Cabinet.
The grievance lays out a few things that Vin alleges that outsiders did not know. The basic argument is that the decision to remove Vin was really more of a power grab by some of the current board in particular former Board Chair Steve Miller who was just term limited off the Board.
To back this up Vin alleges that in July 2018, Miller said he would help Lananna get back in as president, if Lananna give a "pledge of loyalty to Mr. Miller as Board Chair and to incumbent USATF leadership, including a promise to actively support
changes that would (1) extend the term of Mr. Miller as Board Chair through 2021, (2) elevate Mike Conley to permanent Vice Chair and extend his term as a Director through 2021, and (3) extend Mr. Lananna’s own term as President into 2021 beyond the term for which he was elected by the Membership. The proposal would essentially vitiate the 2020 election for these key eadership positions. "
Thus Lananna's says Miller by offering to put Lananna back in as President if he helped change the bylaws of the Board shows the Boards pretext of Lananna "temporarily" being unable to serve was total bs.
Also the document above shows Lananna entered into a secret Agreement with the Steve Miller, Jeff Porter, and Mike Conley (3 board members) that was never disclosed to membership (and maybe even the rest of the Board). Lananna agreed as long as he held a role with Track Town USA he would agrees "to never act as immediate supervisor of the CEO".
So the agreement hints at the Board wanting to protect Max Siegel from some oversight from Lananna. Im off to bed but would love to see what people think of the Miller's alleged offer to Lananna and the secret agreement Lananna signed. Shouldn't the agreement have been made public if the USATF President is giving up some of his duties? My first take on that is all parties are at fault on that one.
But my overall take is the Board misuses the "temporary" suspension and Vin should be reinstated.