Two top positions at the cash-strapped Commonwealth Utilities Corp. are now vacant following the non-renewal of deputy executive director Alan Fletcher's two-year contract this month.
CUC chief financial officer Charles Warren said that finding a replacement for the deputy executive director may take awhile as the position is still being advertised.
CUC issued yesterday a revised job vacancy announcement for the deputy executive director position, which was opened on Feb. 1. Relocation expenses for the candidate is negotiable, according to the announcement.
The qualified candidate is offered a salary ranging from $70,000 to $130,000 per annum under a two-year contract.
Fletcher's employment contract was not renewed by the Fitial administration-an action labeled by some lawmakers as a form of retaliation for not supporting the $190.8-million power purchase agreement signed by Gov. Benigno R. Fitial.
Meantime, the executive director post has been vacant since May last year after Abe Utu Malae resigned. He stepped down after the governor's declaration of a CUC state of emergency amid an ongoing protest filed by of one of the renewable energy contractors who did not get the deal. Since then, Fletcher has been serving both positions in anticipation of the appointment of a new executive director, a post that needs the approval of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
According to press secretary Angel A. Demapan, Fitial has submitted to the EPA a list of top four candidates for the position for its consideration. Saipan Tribune learned that about 30 individuals applied for the position, both from on-island and off-island. The EPA has yet to issue a decision.