Delegation panel recommends confirmation of three zoning board nominees

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FOLLOWING a public hearing on the governor’s five zoning board nominees on Tuesday, the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations recommended the confirmation of Joe Ayuyu, Jr., Perry Inos, Jr., and Kevin C. Deleon Guerrero.

Chaired by Rep. Joel Camacho, the committee, however, decided not to move forward with the appointment of Juan Wabol due to a lack of supporting documents (e.g. financial disclosure statement, drug test results, résumé) that are required from each nominee.

Camacho said due to personal health issues, Wabol was unable to be present for the public hearing on Tuesday morning.

The committee also did not endorse the appointment of Dong Kyu Lee who is neither a United States citizen nor an eligible voter. Under the law — Title 2 Division 7 Chapter 2 Article 2 Subsection 7221 of the Commonwealth Code — these are among the requirements that a zoning board member must meet.

Ayuyu, who was reappointed to serve another six-year term on the board, graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a degree in business administration. He is the area supervisor for McDonald’s in Yigo, Guam, as well as for the two McDonald’s restaurants on Saipan.

He is an active member of the community who chaired the Liberation Day Committee in 2018 and 2019. He is also a member of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce.

 From left, Joe Ayuyu, Jr., Perry Inos, Jr., and Kevin C. Deleon Guerrero.

Inos is the business development manager for Triple J Enterprises, Inc. He has a degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii, as well as an MBA from the University of Southern New Hampshire. He is a member of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, and is a part owner of a company that provides translation services.

Deleon Guerrero is a long-time business owner in the Commonwealth. Before venturing into business, he served for some time as a medical professional in the United States military, and also served as a firefighter. He is currently in real estate and is the owner and president of Priority Care Services.

Of the six witnesses called by the committee to provide comments on these appointees, two were present for the public hearing: Zoning Administrator Gerilynn Dela Cruz and Saipan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Maxine Laszlo.

Mike Sablan of Triple J and Tatiana Babauta of the Zoning Board also provided testimonies, specifically in support of Inos’ and Ayuyu’s nominations.

The committee vice chairman, House Vice Speaker Lorenzo Deleon Guerrero, noted, for the record, that Saipan Mayor David Apatang was present earlier that morning, prior to the hearing, to express his support for the nominees.

The recommendation by the committee to move forward with the nominations of Ayuyu, Deleon Guerrero, and Inos now goes to the delegation, which will make a final decision.

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