As anticipated, Gov. Benigno R. Fitial named yesterday a new acting commissioner for the Department of Public Safety-Capt. Aniceto T. Ogumoro, DPS director of Police. The appointment takes effect immediately.
“Please extend your full cooperation to Captain Ogumoro, as he assumes these additional duties,” Fitial said in a one-page memo to all department and activity heads.
The new appointee replaced his brother, DPS deputy commissioner Ambrosio Ogumoro, who had been acting commissioner for both DPS and the Department of Corrections since March.
That's when the governor placed then DPS commissioner Ray Mafnas on administrative leave. Fitial reinstated Mafnas as DOC commissioner but not as DPS commissioner.
There is no telling when the governor will appoint a permanent DPS commissioner that would need the advice and consent of the Senate.
Sen. Frank Cruz (R-Tinian), chair of the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Governmental Investigations, said once the panel receives any governor's Cabinet appointment, it will start reviewing that appointment.
Capt. Aniceto Ogumoro's designation came a day after the governor designated new acting secretaries for the Departments of Public Lands and Public Works.
Ramon S. Salas, director of DPL's Land Claims, is now acting DPL secretary, while Antonio Camacho, director of DPW's Technical Services Division, is now acting DPW secretary.
The new appointments came a week after then acting governor Eloy S. Inos said the 90-day appointments for the three posts may have already lapsed weeks ago, and their decisions may no longer be legal and binding.