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Camacho is CUC chief for 2 more years

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Posted on Mar 01 2021

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The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board of directors unanimously voted last Friday to extend the employment contract of CUC executive director Gary Camacho for another two years.

CUC board chair Miranda Manglona said that they discussed Camacho’s performance in the last two years and came to a unanimous decision at the board meeting to keep him on board.

“Each [board member] was given the opportunity to address [Camacho’s] performance. …Each director has their own opinion, his or her feeling…[and] it all had to do with his performance,” said Manglona.

She said that Camacho’s performance when dealing with the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Super Typhoon Yutu, and Typhoon Soudelor has proven to the board that is fit for the job.

“He never underestimates them. He always makes sure that it’s a priority to the community that services are not cut off, that the community is the No. 1 priority for the corporation, and the services that we continue to provide are there,” said Manglona.

In a separate interview with Camacho, he said he is appreciative of the board’s support. “First of all, I appreciate the support from the board…it’s wonderful. We’ve done a lot of things over the last few years, consistent with the 24-hour water. …We continue to become better [and] we continue to replace or repair our infrastructure,” said Camacho.

According to him, there are many things to look forward to this year, including their master plan and upgrading CUC’s policies.

“There’s a lot of work right now, and I greatly appreciate all the support from the board members and the support from our community. It’s a very difficult time but I’ve got a great staff,” he said.

Camacho describes his staff as the “best group of people” anybody can work with—professional, hardworking, and committed to assisting and helping the community.

Camacho said that there’s no place he’d rather be than with the CUC.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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