Land Management deputy director accused of approving 17 suspicious leases

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The Department of Land Management is among the priority agencies set for re-opening.

Guam – Chamorro Land Trust Commissioners barred the Land Management Deputy Director from all trust business on Thursday afternoon.

The commission met after lunch to begin laying out administrative procedures for removing applicants who jumped the lease line to win parcels ahead of those who’ve been waiting twenty-plus years.

It was a packed house at the Department of Land Management conference room in Tamuning when the meeting was called to order. Chair of the Chamorro Land Trust Commission, Pika Fejeran, set a tone of contrition at the commission’s meeting at the ITC Building.

The cathartic gathering comes after weeks of anger, confusion, fear and consternation over publicly acknowledged revelations of rule-breaking favoritism in awarding land leases in such places as Barrigada Heights.

After revelations that Land Management Deputy Director David V. Camacho approved up to 17 out-of-place CLTC leases, commissioners voted to sequester the second-in-command from having anything else to do with the Chamorro Land Trust, removing Camacho from his acting role as administrative director of the trust.

“Do we want to draw that harsh line today?” Fejeran asked commissioners, as she requested a motion to sever Camacho from the trust, while allowing him to fulfill his other duties as deputy director of Land Management.

Fejeran serves under Land Management Director Michael Borja.

Since Monday, Borja has refused to answer PNC’s questions about how he plans to manage mounting public scrutiny over the Land Trust controversy.