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.