The CNMI government added yesterday Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority board of commissioners chair David J. Sablan as its nominee for the position of a trustee who will run the settlement fund that will be created under the settlement agreement.
Assistant attorney general Gilbert J. Birnbrich informed the U.S. District Court for the NMI that Sablan would make “an excellent trustee.”
“Mr. Sablan is highly qualified for the position of settlement fund trustee. Mr. Sablan satisfies the qualities that the CNMI government outlined in its prior submission,” Birnbrich said.
The government lawyer said that Sablan has extensive business management experience and has experience dealing with government operations and government officials.
Sablan is also currently the national committeeman from Guam to the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C.
Importantly, Birnbrich said, the nominee is willing to perform as trustee for a reasonable $80 per hour.
Birnbrich acknowledged, however, that Sablan’s nomination is after the court’s deadline for submission of nominations.
The government’s other nominee is Guam-based Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee Mark J. Heath.
Betty Johnson and the NMI Retirement Fund had already submitted five nominees for the position.
The deadline of submission was Aug. 29, 2013. U.S. District Court for the NMI designated judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood started interviewing the nominees on Aug. 31.