Governor mum on transition report

L-R: Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, and Edward Birn, Acting Director of the Dept. of Administration, talk about the fiscal climate and the governor's financial priorities.

Guam – It has been a week since the transition committee released its report, but it remains unclear if Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero is inclined to support its recommendations.

At Thursday’s legislative briefing on the report, Sen.  Joe San Agustin sought answers on whether there are any proposals outlined in the study that do not have the backing of Adelup.

While acknowledging that the concern is justified, transition team co-chair Dr. Laura Souder said the authority to adopt the proposals rests with the governor herself, who commissioned the study.

“I got a copy right here in front of me. Does the governor support this report and the recommendation that’s one question? So our task was to provide a list of recommendations to the governor for her consideration,” Souder said. “So a copy of the report has been given to the Maga’haga and so there are some steps she is taking to employ some of the recommendations but we have not had a one-on-one conversation with her as to which particular areas she supports or does not support.”

Recommendations included leadership revamp at the National Guard and raising customs fees–both of which have been taken on board. The governor, however, has yet to weigh in on other proposals such as the consolidation of governing boards, repealing a local ban on waste-to-energy technology, and the sale GHURA properties.

Last week, PNC requested a list of recommendations from the transition team that definitely won’t be pursued by Adelup. We have not received a response as of news time.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.