Senator seeks accountability from CLTC, asks for oversight hearing

Senator Joanne Brown (Official photo by 36th Guam Legislature)

Senator Joanne Brown has written a letter to Speaker Therese Terlaje requesting for an oversight hearing on the CHamoru Land Trust Commission and its commissioners.

According to Brown, the CLTC has taken action to what appears to be “a cover-up of what could potentially be forgery” against the CHamoru Land Trust program itself.

“The Land Trust recipients and the People of Guam deserve answers with regards to this issue. Even with the resignation of Mr. Jack Hattig III as the Land Administrator, what has not been addressed by the Commission is the issue of forgery and if other documents may have been forged by Mr. Hattig,” Brown said.

A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was made on Thursday, April 1, 2021, to Mr. John F. Reyes Jr., Chairman of the CHamoru Land Trust Commission (CLTC), by Senator Brown requesting for Land Agent Staff Reports and packets provided to the Commissioners during the February 2021 meeting.

In response to the senator’s follow-up email requesting public records for items Nos. 2 and 4 of the FOIA, Brown said CLTC chairman Reyes stated “only one set of Staff Report.”

“Contrary to Chairman Reyes’ response that ‘only one set of Staff Reports’ was submitted to the Commission, I am led to question that this one report by Land Agent Taleu may not have been the only report submitted by other land agents for the February 2021 Commission meeting. I am also led to question if other land agent staff reports were withheld from the Commission by the Land Administrator. I am also led to question if other land agent reports may have been altered by the former Land Administrator Jack Hattig III since 2020,” Senator Brown said.

(Senator Joanne Brown Release)