by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Because they failed to meet the requirements of the Open Government Law, all actions the Guam Economic Development Authority's board took during three meetings in December of last year have been deemed null and void. The new board met this afternoon and expected to approve the minutes of the three December meetings, but GEDA legal counsel Janalynn Damian informed them that the public notices came out late.
"More than ratify each action, the board has to review each item and discuss and deliberate them. So they'd have to become agenda items for the board to consider and deliberate," she said.
The actions of the previous board will be reviewed including their decision to give former GEDA administrator Tony Blaz 100% pay out of his sick leave. It was a concern noted in the agency's recent audit. Board chair Richard Duenas told KUAM News their legal counsel had informed them they had the authority to adjust Blaz's compensation even though GEDA regulations only allow for 50% pay out of sick leave.
If the new board decides, Blaz would have to pay back the amount he was already paid.