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Retired sailor and engineer looks forward to ‘giving back to the community’

VINCENT S. Aldan, formerly of the U.S. Navy and an engineer by profession, said he is grateful for the governor’s vote of confidence, adding that he is looking forward to giving back to the community by serving on the Commonwealth Public Utilities Commission.

His appointment, which requires the approval of both legislative houses, was confirmed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Commonwealth Public Utilities Commission appointee Vincent Aldan poses with his wife, family members, friends and senators who conducted a public hearing on his nomination, Wednesday.Commonwealth Public Utilities Commission appointee Vincent Aldan poses with his wife, family members, friends and senators who conducted a public hearing on his nomination, Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations conducted a public hearing on his appointment.

Senators expressed their confidence in him and said he will be an asset to the commission.

In an interview, Aldan said if confirmed, he hopes to find a way to reduce the cost of utilities.

He said he will also push for more training for CUC employees. “The best way for anybody to do their job is to get  proper training. If you get the proper training you will be able to do the job a lot better which, in a long run, will help the community.”

Aldan served in the Navy for 22 years and retired from the service in 2017.

He currently works as an engineer for Imperial Pacific International and is an instructor at the Northern Marianas Trades Institute.

 “It was always my goal to come back home once I retired from the service. I made sure that I had the credentials and the education when I came back to help the community,” he added.

The Senate on Wednesday also held a public hearing on Joseph Diaz, an appointee to the Commonwealth Ports Authority board representing Saipan.

Joseph Diaz with Commonwealth Ports Authority board member Roman Tudela.Joseph Diaz with Commonwealth Ports Authority board member Roman Tudela.

Diaz is an educator and a musician. He was the principal of San Antonio Elementary School.

If confirmed, Diaz said he will work with his colleagues to find more avenues to enhance CPA’s operations.