A commissioner of the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority has resigned.
GHURA commissioner Joseph Artero Cameron tendered his resignation last Sept. 16 to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, saying that GHURA director Ray Topasna’s lawsuit against the members of the GHURA board spurred his decision to resign.
“It is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation, effective immediately, as a Commissioner for Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority,” Cameron wrote. “The most recent suit lodged against me by Ray Topasna blatantly places all my hopes of helping those most unfortunate in need of housing in a state of inertia and shatters me.”
Cameron was referring to the lawsuit filed by GHURA director Ray Topasna against the GHURA board filed in District Court. The lawsuit has been amended to include the newly appointed members as well.
The amended suit names GHURA board members Sabino Flores, Monica Guzman, Carl Dominguez, George Pereda, Joseph Cameron, and Joseph Leon Guerrero as defendants in the case.
But Cameron stated in his letter that actions “allegedly” and unproven in a court of law deemed inappropriate by prior board members are of no consequence to his official capacity as a commissioner years later.
“Politics cost the people of Guam,” Cameron told the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K57.
Cameron nonetheless thanked the governor for her confidence in appointing him to serve the administration and help the cause of the homeless.