Guam – Governor-elect Eddie Calvo selected some of the heads of public safety agencies today.
“As our population rises, safety becomes a bigger concern coupled with bigger challenges,” Governor-elect Calvo said. “These men will take a no-nonsense approach to the safety of our families. I’m happy they have answered the call to serve.”
Four selections were made today:
1. Capt. Fred Bordallo, MPA, MHR will be the Chief of Police
2. Major Mike Carey (Ret.) will be Homeland Security Advisor
3. MGySgt. Joe San Agustin (Ret.) will be the Director of the Department of Corrections
4. Adonis Mendiola will be the Director of the Department of Youth Affairs
Governor-elect Calvo plans to increase police presence in our neighborhoods, create education programs in schools to prevent crime, and establish community programs involving officers.
“Captain Bordallo knows community involvement is an important step to prevent crime. As Chief of Police, Capt. Bordallo will be tough on crime, while implementing these important prevention programs,” Governor-elect Calvo said.
Last week, Lt. Governor-elect Ray Tenorio was named Public Safety Overseer. Part of his responsibilities will be to coordinate, direct and integrate public safety agency functions toward common goals, including Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense and the Department of Corrections. One such plan will be to establish a seamless communications system between public safety and law enforcement personnel.
“The safety of our families and our children doesn’t rest on the shoulders of one person—it’s a team effort. As former Marines, MGySgt San Agustin and Major Carey were taught teamwork and communication,” Lt. Governor-elect Tenorio said. “I’m excited to begin working with this fantastic team.”
The final selection announced today is for the Department of Youth Affairs. The incoming administration will utilize the department as a step in the effective “systems of care” model.
“DYA exists to help at-risk youth and their families, not to serve as a correctional facility,” Governor-elect Calvo said. “With Adonis in charge, this department will once again help our children become productive members of our island, and treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Captain Fred Bordallo, a former U.S. Marine and current Army reservist has served in the Guam Police Department for 24 years. Currently, he is the Division Chief for Administrative and Support Divisions. A graduate of the 27th Cycle Police Academy, Captain Bordallo started his law enforcement career doing neighborhood patrols in the Agat, Tamuning-Tumon, and Hagåtña precincts. He is a veteran, serving in the Marine Corps and Naval Reserves, and is currently an enlisted member with the 368 Military Police Company of the U.S. Army Reserves. Captain Bordallo holds an Associate in Criminal Justice Degree, with emphasis in Law Enforcement Administration from Guam Community College, a Bachelor in Public Administration Degree from the University of Guam, a Master in Public Administration Degree from the University of Guam, and a Master in Human Relations Degree from the University of Oklahoma. He was also a recipient of the Doc Sanchez Scholarship.
Major Mike Carey (Ret.) has a long career in security and safety in the military, government, and private sector. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1959 and was commissioned as an officer in 1965. Carey served in various intelligence, reconnaissance, infantry and training assignments, including three combat tours in Vietnam. He retired in 1979 as a Major. Carey began his government of Guam service in 1988, as the Public Information Officer for the Department of Corrections. In 2002, he was brought back to serve the island. He has been a journalist, grants writer, public information officer, prison chaplain, Episcopal priest, instructor, intelligence officer and realtor.
MGySgt. Joe San Agustin (Ret.) is a veteran, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years. He retired at the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant. While enlisted, he was a senior drill instructor, managing personnel and units during their basic training, and rose up the ranks to become senior advisor to the commander and commanding general of his unit. After his retirement, he started work with a U.S. Navy contractor. Currently, he is managing the international security company Securitas Security Services Guam, Inc. At this position, he is in charge of training senior Marines, and Senior Naval and Marine Corps officers in communications and staff planning.
Adonis Mendiola is an Army veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, and a chaplain within the Guam Army National Guard. He is a coordinator within the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities, managing and providing assistive technology to mentally- and physically-challenged individuals. Mendiola has extensive experience in government and the private sector. He spent a decade at the Guam Memorial Hospital, where he was the Inventory Management Officer in the pharmacy. He supervised more than 100 enumerators in the Guam Local Census Office in the latest Census. He has been an auditor, manager and business owner in the private sector.