Guam – Public Safety Committee Chair Senator Adolpho Palacios has written to Governor Calvo asking him to appoint new nominee to the Parolee Board which is still unable to reach decisions on parolee applications because it lacks a quorum.
In a Friday letter to the Governor, Senator Palacios points out that a vacancy was created when Ken Boardman resigned last October and another member, Soledad Chargualaf has expressed a desire to resign as well.
The Senator says that his Committee will act promptly to confirm any new appointments writing that “the actions of the Board greatly affect members of the community, including victims of crime, inmates, parolees and their respective families. It is important that the Board meet regularly.”
READ Senator Palacios’ letter to the Governor in FULL below:
March 30, 2012
Honorable Edward J.B. Calvo
Governor of Guam
Office of the Governor
Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex
P.O. Box 2950
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
RE: Parole Board Vacancies
Dear Honorable Governor Calvo,
Buenas yan Håfa Adai! The Guam Parole Board (“Board”), as recently as its monthly meeting that was scheduled yesterday, continues to have difficulties meeting its quorum requirements, and this office is concerned that part of the reason may be vacancies on the Board. A vacancy was created on the Board when acting Governor Ray Tenorio accepted the resignation of Mr. Kenneth Boardman from the Board through a letter dated October 24, 2011. Furthermore, it is this office’s understanding that Ms. Soledad Chargualaf has indicated her desire to resign from the Board due to other commitments.
This office respectfully requests that your office verify the current membership status of Ms. Chargualaf with regard to the Board. Moreover, this office respectfully requests that your office transmit an appointment packet for a new nominee(s) for consideration by I Liheslaturan Guåhan. As soon as an appointment packet is received by I Liheslaturan Guåhan, my committee, which has oversight of the Guam Parole Board, will expedite the public hearing process for the appointee. Filling this vacancy will improve the ability of the Board to meet with a quorum. The actions of the Board greatly affect members of the community, including victims of crime, inmates, parolees and their respective families. It is important that the Board meet regularly.
Thank you for your kind attention to this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact this office, should there be any questions or concerns.
SENATOR ADOLPHO B. PALACIOS, SR., MPA, BS/CJA