Columbia Association CEO Denied Request to Challenge Her Evaluation as Board Maintains Silence

The elected directors of the Columbia Association in Howard County have determined that the organization’s CEO has no right to appeal an annual evaluation that she says contains wildly conflicting accounts of her performance and has no actionable steps for improvement – and may be a document they are using to oust her.

Lakey Boyd, the association’s president and CEO since June 2021, said an appeal she requested in May was effectively denied last week during a tense meeting called by the chair and vice-chair of the Columbia Association board and which included an attorney the board has retained on its own, Timothy F. McCormack of Ballard Spahr.