The Fitial administration is looking into possible candidates to fill the position of a permanent commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, according to press secretary Angel Demapan.
Demapan told Saipan Tribune Friday that the administration is looking for candidates who are qualified and one that the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations will find acceptable.
Demapan explained that the reason why the governor consistently alternates the Ogumoro brothers as acting DPS commissioner is because as the deputy commissioner and ranking police captain, the Ogumoro brothers are next in the line of succession to take charge of the department in the absence of a commissioner.
Demapan explained the situation about the Ogumoro brothers in response to incoming House vice speaker Frank Dela Cruz's (IR-Saipan) statement that he will include in the new impeachment resolution against Gov. Benigno R. Fitial the latter's failure to appoint a permanent DPS chief.
Dela Cruz said it is neglect of duty on the governor's part not to carry out the mandate of appointing a permanent commissioner. Dela Cruz believes the issue needs to be included as another article in the impeachment resolution.
Fitial's allies in the House subsequently defeated the impeachment bid.