Governor Lou Leon Guerrero is not worried over the recent departures of officials from her administration.
In a news conference Saturday afternoon, the governor said she does not see any kind of “brain drain” or “talent drain” resulting from the recent resignations and retirement of prominent members of her administration.
She had the highest praise for Linda DeNorcey, who retired this week as Department of Public Health and Social Services director after more than 30 years in government service.
“As you are aware, Linda DeNorcey will retire from government service on July 3rd. For more than three decades, Linda has served the People of Guam. She has been committed, extremely competent, and dedicated to the health of our people. COVID-19 has forced each of us to hold even closer to those we love. Her sense of urgency, her experience, and her successes have benefitted not just her agency but the community as a whole. She will be missed, and we greatly appreciate her service,” the governor said.
But at the same time, the governor pointed out that Lori Duenas, the Acting Director of Public Health, has more experience and institutional knowledge than even DeNorcey.
“I’m not worried about losing institutional knowledge. Lori has more institutional knowledge than Linda. In fact, Linda worked under Lori. There are more people in those agencies that have institutional knowledge than those who left. So people will step up,” the governor stressed.
She also belied a rumor raised by one reporter that the reason why people are leaving is because a federal investigation of her administration is brewing. She said there is no truth to this and the departing officials just want to retire and do other things with their lives.