Port GM: Give us a new oversight chairpersonWritten by Janela Carrera
Guam - Give us a new oversight chairperson; that from Port Authority of Guam General Manager Joanne Brown who continues to express dismay over Senator Tom Ada’s failure to get PAG Board Chairman Francisco Santos confirmed.
The 33rd legsialture went into its final session this week without placing Santos' nomination on the agenda and as today was the last day of session, it also means Santos’ nomination dies with this legislative body.
Earlier in the week, Brown blasted Committee on Transportation Chairman Sen. Tom Ada for sitting on Santos’ nomination for months without action.
With committee leadership positions yet to be announced, the Port GM is hopeful they’ll get a new chairperson in the 34th Legisalture.
"Well, I know Christmas has passed," she quippted. "It’s been a few days but certainly if I could ask--I don’t know if a democratic majority would follow, listen to my request, but if we could have a new oversight chariman that wants to be engaged ... it's not just a question of me an that oversight chairman. At the end of the day, personality issues do have to be put aside and at our level it’s expected that we put it aside. But for the hundreds, several hundreds, going up to 400 plus who work at the Port of Guam, I think they’re deserving of more. So certainly if the democratic majority would consider giving us an oversight chair I’m open to whoever else they wanna give us that we can work with so that we can be productive and move forward on stuff that actually matters to the port and to our community."
Brown says Governor Eddie Calvo can reappoint Santos again at the start of the new year.