Guam Solid Waste Authority General Manager Larry Gast is stepping down but will stay on until GSWA is able to find someone to fill his shoes.
Gast submitted his resignation hoping to retire a couple of months ago. He told K57’s Patti Arroyo that he had planned on retiring and bringing his replacement up to speed remotely. Gast cited personal issues related to health.
Initially, his resignation was declined and GSWA asked him to stay on as the GM while working remotely from his Florida residence instead.
“We’ve gotten some cameras set up at the landfill where I can pan, tilt, zoom, and monitor construction there. I told them I would be willing to continue on as GM until a replacement is found as long as I’m able to take care of my personal issues,” Gast said.
Gast joined GSWA in March 2019 as the federal receivership was coming to an end and the authority was being placed back into the Government of Guam’s hands.
“We’re pretty much in the same position we were as when the receiver was here. We each have made some minor adjustments but all contracts — the services and things that are provided for — were assigned to us by the court and were the receiver’s contract,” Gast said.
Until those contracts expire, Gast says GSWA won’t be able to expand beyond what they have. He says they are in the final stages of the management and fee structure audit being conducted by the Public Utilities Commission.
Once the final report is completed he says it will be a step forward for GSWA.