CEC administrative officer Igitol is acting executive director
Commonwealth Election Commission executive director Julita A. Villagomez retired effective last Dec. 30 after working at the CEC for 32 years.
With Villagomez’s retirement, CEC administrative officer Kayla Igitol has been serving as acting executive director.
In her letter to CEC chair Jesus I. Sablan, Villagomez said it has been a pleasure to work with the commission but must part from her post to tend to her health. She said she always regarded her services with utmost importance and value during her 32-year service with the commission.
“I am thankful and blessed to have worked with the finest staff and most supportive commissioners,” Villagomez said.
Villagomez disclosed during the conduct of the Nov. 3 polls that she was going to retire after the election.
Villagomez earlier said she is confident that even without her, the CEC will be fine as the staff are well trained and are all experienced.
The November 2018 general elections was very challenging to Villagomez and CEC staff as it was done a month after Super Typhoon Yutu devastated the CNMI.
Last November, Villagomez and staff faced an equally difficult job in overseeing an election in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Villagomez began serving as CEC executive director in 2014. In September 2016, the CEC board unanimously voted for her appointment as executive director.
Villagomez first worked at CEC as an administrative assistant in 1988, then she became an administrative officer.