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Sanchez says utility executives deserved raises

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The CCU has now rescinded all of the raises and bonuses

Approved in a November executive session, which the attorney general says violated the open government law. The increases for several assistant general managers were also canceled Tuesday night, despite questions about whether the Commission has purview over their pay.

Commissioner Simon Sanchez raised the issue but agrees maybe its best to start over. He adds that the resulting controversy may be "a blessing in disguise."


"There are 20, 50, 70 boards and commissions, and maybe they all operate under the same assumption that everything under personnel is protected when maybe not everything under personnel is protected. And so I kinda see the uproar and debate as healthy. Its kinda, let's learn from this, there was never any intent of the CCU to violate any laws," he said. "If legal counsel had told us last November that hey you gotta talk numbers and names in public, we woulda done it."


But while the debate has focused on procedural and legal questions, there's been no public discussion on the justification for the raises. Sanchez believes the executives still deserve them based on a number of major accomplishments over the past few years.

"We needed to reward our team for their performance, we want to continue to always reward our team for performance, none of these rewards resulting in a rate increase," he said. "Both of these teams have been able to save money. And you know I come from the private sector, and when you are able to save money and benefit the customer and the shareholders, and in this case the shareholders are the ratepayers of Guam, then you should be rewarded for that."

The CCU is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, for even further discussion on the raises.

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