Legislature confirms Ignacio

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Guam –  Stephen Ignacio’s nomination to head the Guam Police Department has been unanimously confirmed by the Legislature Thursday night. His mental health followup evaluation was released this week.

Dr. Andrea Leitheiser has issued new findings on the mental health status of Ignacio.

In a letter to Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, dated April 24, the doctor said that after a followup evaluation, Ignacio is deemed fit from a mental health perspective for duty as the Chief of Police.

Unlike the first letter sent to Terlaje, nothing was redacted. The letter reads, “His previously self reported impaired health status was likely to have increased the risk to the community and to fellow officers if it was not managed successfully. The chief of police position is a highly stressful and physically demanding post that requires intelligence and insight regarding the impact of one’s health condition and environment on decision making, tactical movement, and interpersonal relationships amongst the force. It was with great concern for both the applicant and community that I offered my initial clinical opinion,” Leithheiser said.

Leitheiser said Ignacio has followed through with her recommendations to remedy the issues. Because of his compliance, he is now cleared for consideration as chief of police under the condition that he continues with the doctor’s recommendations.

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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.