New CUC board chair’s goal: transparency

THE new board chairman of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., Weston Thomas Deleon Guerrero, wants his fellow board members to freely express their opinions.

“I urge them to vote for what they believe is true — I don’t feel they have to agree with me on everything,” he said. “To state that I want them to cooperate with me would mean that I’m trying to create a dictatorship on the board which is not my goal. My goal is to be transparent with them.”

He said he wants the board to arrive at collective positions and make decisions as a board.

Deleon Guerrero was unanimously elected as the new chairman during the board meeting on Thursday. He had been the acting chairman since December following the expiration of the term of Commonwealth Development Authority Chairman Ignacio Perez, CDA’s representative on the CUC board.

The other CUC board officers are Miranda V. Manglona, vice chair; Matthew Holley, secretary; and Jovita Paulino, treasurer.

Deleon Guerrero said they elected the new officers despite the absence of CDA’s new representative to the CUC board, new CDA board chairman Dave Demapan, because “technically, according to the legal counsel, the election should have happened at the last board meeting — it’s not that we didn’t want to wait for the CDA chair.”

He said they invited Demapan to the meeting but the CDA chairman was unable to make it.

Asked about his new position, Deleon Guerrero said: “To be honest, I didn’t want it because there’s so much to handle, but I think that somebody needs to step up to the plate…. I don’t know if I am fully capable and fully prepared, but I will do my best and just go from there.”

Deleon Guerrero also emphasized the importance of collaborating with the Legislature. “But I would also like to see lawmakers come down here to attend our board meetings,” he said. “If they have questions for us, we do have monthly board meetings and they can come here and ask them.”

Source: Marianas Variety :

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