Torres to CUC board: Always emphasize transparency


Gov. Ralph DLG Torres poses with newly sworn-in Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board members Weston Thomas Deleon Guerrero and Matthew Holley and friends and family at the Office of the Governor. (Contributed Photo)

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres administered the oath of office Wednesday morning to new Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board members Weston Thomas Deleon Guerrero and Matthew Holley.

Deleon Guerrero and Holley, who were recently confirmed by the Senate, expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth in a critical capacity to not only solve urgent needs, but to contribute to long-term solutions.

Torres said the CUC board is critical to the Commonwealth’s infrastructure and any decision will affect the lives of the entire community.

“As board [members], you assume a very important responsibility, and I strongly recommend that you always emphasize transparency in your decisions. For the betterment of our Commonwealth, it is critical that we move forward and progress in a way that will improve the lives of our community and provide the most affordable and reliable power, water, and wastewater services,” he said.

CUC executive director Gary Camacho said he is pleased to move forward to enhance utility services while ensuring the safety of CUC employees and the community.

Deleon Guerrero and Holley officially join Jovita Paulino representing Tinian, Miranda San Nicolas Manglona representing Rota, and Ignacio Perez, the Commonwealth Development Authority’s representative on the board.

Deleon Guerrero serves as a structural engineer for Hofschneider Engineering Corp. and previously worked as a building safety official and structural engineering staff at the CNMI Department of Public Works, and a steel bridge project manager at the Society of Civil & Structural Engineers.

Holley is currently a litigation attorney at Torres Brothers LLC and previously worked as an in-house counsel at the Northern Marianas Protection and Advocacy Systems Inc., an assistant public defender for the Office of the Public Defender, and was an adjunct professor for three years at the Northern Marianas College.

CUC is a semi-autonomous agency of the CNMI government. As a semi-autonomous agency, the CUC has an independent board of directors, whose members serve a concurrent four-year term. (PR)

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