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Bishop blesses new Saipan mayor’s office

THE new Saipan mayor’s office received a blessing and special dedication on Friday from Chalan Kanoa Bishop Ryan Jimenez.

“I want to thank the bishop and the lawmakers,” Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang said, adding that the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation chaired by Rep. John Paul Sablan allocated funds for the renovation of the new office.

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Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang and his human resources manager, Larissa Flores, pose with visitors Bernie Dela Cruz and Emma Peter of the Veteran Affairs Office and Velma del Rosario of the Office of Personnel Management, at the mayor’s office, Friday.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

The mayor’s office relocated from Ladera Center in Oleai to the CTC Building in Susupe in May.

“This is a very beautiful office for our people, and we are always looking forward to serve them,” the mayor said.

The mayor’s office occupies the ground and second floors of the CTC Building which also houses the offices of the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance program and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

On the ground floor are the mayor’s office, the conference room, the offices of human resources, payroll, the student-exchange program, grant writer, field-operations director, safety officer, and the marriage and ID sections.

The new office also has a reception area, a storeroom and four rest rooms.

The office of the special assistant to the mayor, the budget officer, procurement and supply, and the SHEFA and ESGR offices are on the second floor of the building which has two big warehouses that can accommodate up to 50 light vehicles and heavy equipment.

In addition, the new office has more parking space available to the public, Mayor Apatang said.

In a previous interview, special assistant to the mayor Henry Hofschneider said the rent for the 18,322-square-foot office is 55 cents per square foot or $10,077 per month.

For their previous 5,000-square-foot office, he said they paid $4,387 a month or 85 cents per square foot.

The mayor’s office signed a five-year contract for the new office with an option to renew the lease for another five years.