The acting chief of Transportation Security Administration-Saipan vowed on Friday to lead local airport screeners in moving ahead after the scandal involving their former head.
Stanford Miyamoto, deputy federal security director at Honolulu International Airport, was named interim federal security director at Saipan International Airport on Dec. 9. He will serve in an acting capacity until a new permanent leadership is appointed.
Miyamoto replaces John Peoples, who resigned for personal reasons.
“My plans are basically to take care of the screening workforce, to ensure that we move ahead and accomplish our mission in the best way that we can. I would try to make this a model workplace for our employees,” Miyamoto said in an interview after the 1st TSA Awards ceremony on Friday.
He said he has tried to meet all the airport screeners since he arrived on island. He observed that the screeners remain with high morale despite the scandal over allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination against Peoples.
“I think the morale is good. We have excellent employees here on Saipan,” Miyamoto said.
He also announced that two screeners are scheduled to augment the existing workforce starting Dec. 22. The additional two personnel will bring the total number of screeners to 51, including part-time employees, he said.
Miyamoto has been deputy FSD at Honolulu International since 2002.
“Stanford Miyamoto will provide knowledgeable, top-notch leadership for our screeners at Saipan International,” David M. Stone, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for TSA said after Miyamoto’s appointment. “TSA is fully committed to providing the highest levels of security and customer service at the airport.”