Gov. Eloy S. Inos accepted yesterday the courtesy resignation of Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Melvin Faisao effective at the end of this week, while declining the courtesy resignation of Commerce Secretary Sixto Igisomar, press secretary Angel Demapan said yesterday.
Demapan said the governor has selected Division of Youth Services director Laura Ogumoro to serve as acting DCCA secretary beginning on Monday, March 18.
A permanent DCCA secretary has yet to be named, for submission to the Senate for advice and consent.
Saipan Tribune sources said a House member has been eyeing the DCCA secretary post but the Inos administration is mum about the issue at this time. If and when the House member assumes the DCCA post, a special election must be held in the precinct where the lawmaker hails from.
Demapan said the governor declined yesterday Igisomar's resignation “and has asked him to continue serving [as] secretary of the Department of Commerce.”
The press secretary also said the governor has yet to decide on the courtesy resignation submitted by Department of Public Works Secretary Anthony A. Camacho.
The three-week-old Inos administration continues to review the performance reports that Cabinet members and agency heads submitted. Sources said former lieutenant governor Diego Benavente will also be heading a government agency and another former Cabinet member may go back to his old post.
So far, the Inos administration has also confirmed keeping Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Deleon Guerrero, Corrections Commissioner Ray Mafnas, and Workforce Investment Agency director Edith Deleon Guerrero.