Senator calls for investigation into information provided by port police chief

Port Authority of Guam general manager Rory Respicio and former port GM Joanne Brown (PNC graphic by Ricky De Guzman)

Senator Joanne Brown is calling for an investigation into information provided by Port
Police Chief Doris Aguero of the Port Authority of Guam.

Chief Aguero released information alleging misinformation of a port police officer who tested positive for drugs but was allowed to “secretly’ resign,” and, according to Brown, is possibly working at the Port Authority of Guam under the hiring and direction of the current Port General Manager.

“I have always counted on, stood by, and valued Chief Aguero’s leadership during my tenure at the Port. For whatever reasons, perhaps coached by upper management or not, Chief Aguero is alleging misinformation of a port police officer who had tested positive for drug use but was allowed to ‘secretly resign’. I’m not sure how anyone could secretly resign‒ you either resign or you don’t. There is nothing secret about it. This is the kind of corruption and political games that plague our government‒ using half-truths and twisted facts to detract from the real issues and instances of corruption,” said Senator Brown.

She added: “While it’s unfortunate that our recollection of this matter differs greatly, the information Chief Aguero released makes clear that questionable hiring practices by the current Port General Manager exist today and must be investigated. I am calling for a full investigation by the appropriate authorities into the Port’s hiring practices, including drug testing records, if at the very least, to put an end to the spread of misinformation.

Chief Aguero’s official statement was released a day after Senator Brown introduced her proposed measure to bar anyone with an official misconduct conviction from employment anywhere within the government of Guam.

Bill 37-36 (COR), has been referred to the Committee on General Government Operations,
Appropriations, and Housing, chaired by Senator Joe S. San Agustin.

(News Release from Office of Sen. Joanne Brown)