CUC hires drinking water, wastewater manager


The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has hired a drinking water and wastewater division manager—one of the requirements of a federal court order.

CUC executive director Gary P. Camacho disclosed yesterday that they selected Randy BlackCloud from Alaska as water and wastewater division manager.

BlackCloud will be joining CUC next month.

Camacho said they are excited to have BlackCloud and that he is looking forward to work closely with him, with deputy executive director William Gilmore, the newly hired chief engineer for water and wastewater Joseph Carlson, and CUC project manager Larry Manacop, along with other team members.

He said BlackCloud’s experience will add to CUC’s bid to further lower the non-revenue water loss on Saipan.

The drinking water wastewater division manager position, previously held by Gary Byrd, has been vacant since Nov. 2, 2018, when he resigned to accept an off-island job.

As for the positions of wastewater treatment plant supervisor and technical manager for oil, Camacho said they are still reviewing the papers of the applicants.

The position of wastewater treatment plant supervisor has been vacant since Feb. 3, 2019, when Richard Wasser left for an off-island job.

As for the technical manager for oil, the position has been unfilled since Feb. 13, 2019, when Maximino Simian resigned to accept an off-island job offer.

Senior attorney Bradley R. O’Brien of the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division Environmental Enforcement Section said it is critical that the four key management positions be filled in order for CUC to be able to comply with stipulated order No. 1.

SO1 focuses on drinking water and wastewater and the restructuring of CUC’s organization.

Last Aug. 21, CUC hired Joseph Carlson from Idaho as chief engineer for water and wastewater.
The chief engineer position became vacant on Nov. 2, 2018, when the previous chief engineer, Song Kim, resigned for personal matters.

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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