The CNMI Public School System has named its chief procurement officer, Kimo Rosario, as the acting director of finance in place of Christopher Ching, who stepped down last Thursday.
Education Commissioner Glenn Muña confirmed that Rosario will be taking over Ching’s post temporarily, as PSS searches for a replacement.
“We are still on the search for a director of finance and Kimo Rosario will act as a temporary replacement for Christopher Ching,” Muña said.
Rosario thanked Muña for the appointment and hopes to be able to meet the job’s requirements while PSS looks for a new finance chief.
Saipan Tribune learned from a source that Ching sent his letter of resignation to PSS leaders last week and served his final day last Thursday. Ching, who has been with PSS since 2017, said in an interview that he left PSS as he intends to obtain a second master’s degree in the U.S. mainland. Ching said he informed Muña about his plans to continue his education since last December and he said that Muña understood his decision.
Ching describes his tenure with PSS as a “challenging yet interesting journey.” That included the implementation of a revised compensation plan, annual budget proposals, school shelter operations, Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements, and the austerity measures affecting PSS.