GHURA whistleblower feels vindicated

GHURA Executive Director Ray Topasna (PNC file photo)

Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority executive director Ray Topasna feels vindicated about his actions as GHURA’s head during the previous administration.

Topasna told the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K57 that the current GHURA board just gave him an outstanding performance evaluation and that ironically, half of that board were holdovers from the previous administration.

“I wasn’t doing anything different from when I was first appointed by the previous administration in 2011,” Topasna said.

Topasna has been in the news lately due to the unsealing of documents connected to a lawsuit filed by Topasna against GHURA’s board in 2015.

According to Topasna, there is a sense of relief when the documents were unsealed. “But it’s not over until it’s over,” Topasna said referring to ongoing litigation over the matter.

Topasna also said that the feds were already sniffing around GHURA even before he was terminated. He said the “writing was already on the wall” and he alerted the previous administration about the inquiries being made by federal investigators but they did nothing to address the feds’ concerns.

“I told them there needs to be a hands-off approach. My predecessor Marcel Camacho was also fired for trying to follow the rules,” Topasna said.