Guam -The Legislature’s Health Committee Chair, Senator Dennis Rodriquez, says Governor Eddie Calvo may have violated Guam law by terminating the Board of Guam Memorial Hospital last week and he is calling on the Governor to “recall” his decision.
In a letter to the Governor, the Senator refers to Public Law 30-19, which, states, in part: “When there is a change of administration of the government of Guam after a gubernatorial election, no courtesy resignation shall be requested by the new administration nor offered by any member of the Board”. The law further states, in part: . . . the term of employment for the position of Administrator shall not end six (6) months prior to nor six (6) months after an election for Senators, and Governor and Lt. Governor”.
What that means, writes the Senator, is that the law provides for and establishes a Trustees Nominating Council which has “the sole duty and responsibility to identify, evaluate, and nominate all qualified candidates for membership on the Board of Trustees of the GMHA.”
Rodriquez writes that if the Governor intends to place a legislatively confirmed Board in place at GMHA, he should recall his decision to terminate “the former duly confirmed members of the Board, so that a Trustees Nominating Council can be empanelled, and the spirit and provisions of P.L. 30-190 may be followed.”