Michael S. Sablan has handed in his courtesy resignation from his post in the Commonwealth Economic Development Authority’s board of directors and from the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers.
Sablan said yesterday that his resignation from both CEDA and GCEA happened two weeks ago was of his own volition, out of courtesy to Gov. Arnold I. Palacios.
Palacios issued a memorandum last Thursday, Jan. 19, asking all members of boards and commissions who were politically appointed by the previous Torres administration to resign to pave the way for the appointment of new board and commission members.
Sablan submitted his separate courtesy resignation letters to Palacios last Jan. 13. He said it has been an honor and privilege to have had this opportunity to serve the people of the Commonwealth as a member of the CEDA board and GCEA.
Sablan’s resignation from CEDA and GCEA will take effect this Friday.
In 2020, then-governor Ralph DLG Torres appointed Sablan as a CEDA board member and was subsequently confirmed by the Senate for a term that will expire on Sept. 25, 2024. In May 2020, Torres also appointed Sablan as a member of GCEA.
Sablan said if Palacios sees it appropriate that he remains on the CEDA board and GCEA or that he be considered to serve the public in another capacity, it would be an honor to serve under his and Lt. Gov. David M. Apatang’s leadership.
He congratulated Palacios and Apatang for their election and wished them and the new administration much success ahead, “as I do as well for the rest of the government.”
Sablan is a former CNMI’s Public Auditor. He is currently vice president of Triple J. Enterprises Inc.