Camacho willing to serve 2 more years as CUC chief


Commonwealth Utilities Corp. executive director Gary P. Camacho said yesterday he is willing to serve another two years at the helm of the utilities company.

“Do I want to continue another two years? I would love to do it…of the opportunity to help and expand the efforts to make a better program for our consumers,” Camacho said.

He said being the executive director is a great opportunity to help the community and CUC employees.

“We were one time doing a lot of crisis management. Today is different. We’re having that greater structure at the management level,” he said.

Camacho’s contract will expire this Tuesday, March 12. The CUC board of directors discussed his contract during an executive session last Tuesday. The directors will continue their meeting today, Friday, at 1pm.

In February 2017, U.S. District Court for the NMI designated Judge David O. Carter approved Camacho’s appointment as executive director.

Carter waived the qualification requirement.

Camacho has been serving CUC for 25 years now. He started as a procurement specialist and became manager at the Power Generation Division for several years.

He said his focus right now is trying to make CUC responsive to consumer needs.

He said the job needs expertise on the ground as some decisions have to be made quickly.

Camacho said CUC has expanded its network assistance to Hawaii, California, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Palau, Guam Power Authority, and other areas and organizations.

At the comment portion of the board’s meeting last Tuesday, Senate vice president Sen. Jude Hofschneider, CUC deputy director William Gilmore, and several CUC management staff expressed support for Camacho’s leadership.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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