Edward Deleon Guerrero is casino commission’s new chairman 

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THE Commonwealth Casino Commission reorganized on Thursday with its former executive director, Edward C. Deleon Guerrero, elected as chairman.

The two other newly appointed commissioners are former Speaker Ralph S. Demapan and former Rep. Mario Taitano.

Demapan was elected vice chairman; Taitano, treasurer; Ramon Dela Cruz of Tinian, secretary; and Diego Songao of Rota remains the media relations officer.

The commissioners, for their part, reappointed Charlie Atalig as the acting executive director.

Dela Cruz noted that they could already name Atalig the new executive director.

Deleon Guerrero agreed, but noted that the commission must comply with Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ emergency directives that prevent government agencies from hiring and/or promoting employees.


From left, new Commonwealth Casino Commission vice chairman Ralph S. Demapan, chairman Edward C. Deleon Guerrero, acting executive director Charlie Atalig, and new treasurer Mario Taitano pose for a photo during a break from the regular meeting of the commission in its conference room in Gualo Rai on Thursday. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

After being elected as the new chairman, Deleon Guerrero thanked his fellow commissioners for their confidence in him. He also thanked the governor for nominating him, the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation for confirming him, and those who testified in support of his nomination.

He said his term as chairman of the commission will be an opportunity to “reexamine our experience in the last five years.” He also congratulated the other new commissioners for their confirmation.

Deleon Guerrero served as the executive director of the commission for five years.

Demapan echoed Deleon Guerrero’s expression of gratitude. “We are going to work together, with all the staff and especially with the stakeholders so that we can put our heads together and see what we can do to ensure that this industry will continue and that the Commonwealth will benefit from it.”

Taitano also thanked his fellow commissioners for electing him as the new treasurer. “Whatever you ask me to do in regards to finances, I will try my very best,” he said.



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