Acting Chief Leon Guerrero Says He Asked the Governor to Let Ishizaki Stay On at GPD

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Guam – Frank Ishizaki says his continuing role at GPD is merely advisory and the delay in announcing his new role of  Deputy Chief was an administrative oversight. But Public Safety Committee Chair Adolpho Palacios doesn’t like it and points out that the law still requires a Deputy Chief to submit to a drug test, a psychological exam and a polygraph.

Governor Camacho released the appointment letter last Friday announcing that former Acting Chief Frank Ishizaki had been appointed Deputy Police Chief  back on September 21st, a day before Rick Leon Guerrero took over Ishizaki’s previous assignment as Acting Police Chief.

Ishizaki today [Monday] told PNC News that his ongoing role is advisory only. In fact, Acting Chief Leon Guerrero says it was he who asked the Governor to allow Ishizaki to stay on.

However, there was a more than 2 week delay before the Governor made the announcement of Ishizaki’s new role last Friday. Ishizaki says there was no attempt to mislead or keep secret his new position, it was simply a bureaucratic foul up due to a number of other responsibilities he had that week at Homeland Security and a trip he had to make to the mainland soon after. “I take full responsibility for that,” said Ishizaki.

And Ishizaki emphasized that he is still not getting any salary for his continuing role at GPD and he doesn’t even have a key to GPD’s office. 

Acting Chief Leon Guerrero said he was comfortable with the reverse roles he and Ishizaki now have. And Deputy Chief Ishizaki said “Part of being a good leader, is being a good follower too.”

Acting Chief Leon Guerrero pointed to the example of former Chief Paul Suba who, Leon Guerrero said, continues to make a contribution as Captain. And the Acting Chief said both Suba and Ishizaki have been working on important re-organizational plans to help prepare GPD for the coming military buildup and he needs both of them to continue to provide that assistance.

However the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee Chairman, Senator Adolpho Palacios is not comfortable with the way the appointment was made. “There was nothing improper about it,” said Palacios. But he believes it was done with the intent to circumvent the confirmation process that is required for an Acting Chief to become a Chief.

And Senator Palacios points out that while the Deputy Chief’s position does not require legislative confirmation,  the law still requires a Deputy Chief to submit to a drug test, a psychological exam and a polygraph.

Although he says he does not intend to make an issue of it, Palacios warned that that because Ishizaki has not taken those exams for the Deputy Chief’s position, if Ishizaki signs an directives or takes any administrative actions, those actions are subject to legal challenge because Ishizaki’s has not been legally appointed to his new position as Deputy Chief.