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Sirok no longer with CUC

COMMONWEALTH Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho said James Sirok is no longer CUC’s legal counsel.

“I wish him the best,” Camacho added.

CUC is now working closely with the Office of the Attorney General in getting legal guidance, he said.

James Sirok

“Our legal counsel is now the AG’s office,” he added.

When Sirok’s contract expired on Jan. 27, 2019, the CUC board did not renew it. Sirok was first hired by CUC in 2013.

Regarding CUC’s stipulated order positions that are vacant, Camacho said they have started interviewing applicants for the positions of chief engineer of the water and wastewater division, drinking water and wastewater division manager, and  chief financial officer. Each will get a two-year contract with an annual base salary of $100,000.

The applicants were vetted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he said, adding that “a good number of them are qualified.”

Camacho said they “still reviewing the applications, but those positions should be filled soon.”

The chief engineer should have a master’s degree in civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering with 10 or more years of experience.

The drinking water and wastewater division manager must have a four-year college degree and a five-year proven, specialized experience as a manager in charge of drinking water systems, production, treatment, and distribution, and wastewater collection and treatment plants utilizing activated sludge secondary treatment processes.

The chief financial officer must have a bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, financial management, public or business administration from a U.S. accredited institution or one with equivalent accreditation, and must have a 10-year professional experience in governmental or financial accounting, including experience in a supervisory and management position.

If hired from outside the Northern Marianas, the selected applicants can negotiate with CUC for the terms and conditions of their relocation cost. However, the accommodations will not exceed $5,000 for moving to the islands and not exceed $5,000 for moving away from the island.