Resigned GSWA GM: ‘We’re in the same position as when the receiver was here’

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Guam Solid Waste Authority General Manager Larry Gast (PNC file photo)

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.

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“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.

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“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.

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Jolene Toves
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.