After serving the position in an acting capacity for months, Alan W. Fletcher was formally appointed yesterday as the new executive director of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., besting other contenders for the post.
Gov. Eloy S. Inos announced his decision yesterday following the completion of all necessary review and requirements between the CNMI and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The job description of the executive director is part of a consent decree—Stipulated Order 1—between the CNMI, CUC, and the U.S. government.
According to press secretary Angel A. Demapan, the administration received 30 applicants for the position, both locally and from abroad.
All these applications, he said, were submitted by the governor to the EPA for its review. The EPA then returned with five it deemed most qualified to fill the position of executive director. The governor made his selection from there, reviewing the submission of documents and correspondences between CUC, EPA, and the interview committee.
“Upon completion of my review, it appears that the selection panel has diligently performed its task to ensure that the top candidates are capable and duly qualified to carry out the duties and responsibilities to manage the administration and operation of CUC. In an effort to move CUC ahead toward high quality standards, I have selected Alan Fletcher to serve as executive director for CUC,” Inos said in a statement yesterday.
Inos said that Fletcher’s selection would provide for continuity at CUC. “We are making progress at CUC and I am confident that he will continue in that direction,” added the governor’s statement.
Fletcher had been at the helm of CUC in an acting capacity since May 2012, after the resignation of former executive director Abe Utu Malae. A month before the expiration of his two-year contract, then-governor Benigno R. Fitial did not renew his contract.
But as soon as the Inos’ administration took over on Feb. 20 this year, Fletcher’s contract was immediately renewed by the new governor.
Fletcher was first hired at CUC in February 2011 as deputy executive director and administrator of the water and wastewater division. In that position, he was responsible for the administration of, and compliance with, Stipulated Order No. 1.
Fletcher is a professional utility manager with approximately 30 years experience in water and wastewater operations, regulatory compliance, capital and strategic planning, and financing.
Prior to serving CUC, Fletcher worked at the Manchester Water District of Manchester in Washington; the port of Manchester; at the Clackamas River Water Authority of Clackamas in Oregon; and for the Clairmont Water District of Oregon City.
Fletcher received his bachelor’s degree in Management and Communications from Concordio College in Portland, Oregon and earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.