VIDEO: GMH-Verga Contract Sitting at BBMR Office; No Word on When it Will Move Forward


Guam – Miscommunication seems to be causing delays in getting Joseph Verga’s contract approved. Verga was selected as the incoming CEO for Guam Memorial Hospital. He was supposed to start his first day of work on July 1, but his contract is sitting idly at the Bureau of Budget and Management Research and no one seems to know what’s taking so long.

He’s all packed and ready to go. Joseph Verga, who will be moving to Guam from Canada to head Guam’s only civilian hospital, says he’s just as eager as everyone else to get on a plane on move here. But, his contract is still awaiting approval.

The original contract contained issues to the Attorney General’s Office sent it back to the GMH Board of Trustees. That was over three weeks ago.

Board Director Lee Webber tells PNC News that those issues were addressed. The contract was revised. Webber signed it and Verga signed it then emailed a scanned version back to the GMH board.

Meanwhile the AG’s Office says it received and emailed version but still needed a hard copy. Board member Mike Limtiaco indicated that Verga may have been sending the hard copy back to Guam by postal mail. But Limtiaco also noted that he wasn’t too sure what the hold up was.

It turns out, Verga never mailed it back. In fact, the first version of the contract went through the exact same vetting process wherein a scanned copy was emailed before the AG sent it back over three weeks ago.

Calls to BBMR Director John Rios were not returned as of news time.