Slider
Slider

|

Slider

Acting Rota mayor seeks AG’s advice on casino commissioners’ demand for salaries

Local
Typography
  • Smaller Small Medium Big Bigger
  • Default Helvetica Segoe Georgia Times

ROTA Municipal Council Chairwoman Lucia S. Manglona, as acting mayor, is asking Attorney General Edward Manibusan for advice regarding the Rota casino commissioners’ demand for compensation even when there is no casino on island.

In her letter to the AG, Manglona said the Rota Casino Gaming Commission “continues to give us a difficult challenge.”

The five gaming commissioners, she added, “are insisting that they are required to be compensated regardless whether there is a casino or not…operating on Rota.”

The commission is chaired by Viola Hocog Atalig and its members are Mateo Santos, Audrey Manglona, Ken Atalig and Lucas Mendiola.

The municipality of Rota “is in a state of critical financial crisis due to the downturn of our economy,” acting Mayor Lucia Manglona told the AG.

“I am very concerned on how best to mitigate the lack of municipal funding versus the commissioners’ demand to be compensated at $60,000 per year,” for a total of  $300,000.

She wants to know if the municipal government can pay the commissioners a regular hourly rate whenever they have an official meeting.

The acting mayor also asked the AG if a commissioner can serve a second term after being reappointed by the mayor, but without a confirmation hearing conducted by the Rota Municipal Council.

In a memorandum on Aug. 3, Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig informed all the resident department heads that he would be off-island on personal leave starting Aug. 6, 2020, and that he was designating Rota Municipal Council Chairwoman Lucia S. Manglona as acting mayor.

On Saipan, the jury selection in the federal trial of Mayor Atalig and his co-defendant, Evelyn Atalig, started Tuesday.

They are accused of arranging CNMI government-funded trips to California, Palau, Guam, and Saipan from Feb. 2018 to Aug. 2018, and were charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, theft from program receiving federal funds, and two counts of false statements.

 

 

 

 

 

Shadow
Slider
previous arrow
next arrow
Shadow
Slider

Read more articles

Visit our Facebook Page

previous arrow
next arrow
Shadow
Slider