Former DPS chief Ingram passes away


Former Department of Public Safety commissioner Charles Ingram passed away at the Guam Naval Hospital last Dec. 5.

CNMI Military/Veterans Affairs Office director Greg Sablan told Saipan Tribune last night that he believes Ingram died of a heart problem.

Ingram’s body arrived at the Cabrera Funeral Home last week. He was married to Nancy Ingram.

Sablan said Ingram, a retired U.S. Coast Guard officer, will be buried at the CNMI Veterans Cemetery in Marpi on Jan. 13.

Sablan said they are still coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard to provide Ingram with full military honors. If the Coast Guard cannot fulfill it due to budgetary constraint, their backup plan is to request the U.S. Army through the Hawaii Office for the full military honors.

He said it’s their first time to bury a Coast Guard officer.

“As a retiree, he is entitled to full military honors,” Sablan said, adding that it’s the reason why DPS is coming in to provide a color guard and the 21-gun salute.

“We’re kind of working together to not only pay tribute to a former DPS commissioner but at the same time a former veteran,” Sablan said.

Ingram served as commissioner for DPS during the second term of former governor Pedro P. Tenorio in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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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