By Jacob Nakamura
Senator Jim Moylan says he will investigate the hiring practices of Senator Joanne Brown when she was the general manager at the Port Authority of Guam.
During an interview today with Kandit News we asked Senator Moylan if he felt an investigation should be made into the hiring of convicted federal drug dealer Andrew Castro at the Port Authority of Guam.
“An investigation needs to be done. It should be done,” Moylan said.
Moylan said he plans to bring up this hiring during next week’s continued oversight hearing into the Port. Ironically, the hearing is a result of the rantings of Senator Joanne Brown who has been criticizing current manager Rory Respicio for hiring Frankie Rosalin who was convicted of official misconduct as a misdemeanor.
Yet when Brown was the seaport general manager she hired Andrew Castro who had just been released from federal prison after serving time for Conspiracy to Distribute more than 50 grams of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846. He was sentenced by US District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood, Chief Judge on June 16, 2015.
Castro still remains at the port and is still serving out his 5-year supervised release term of his sentence.
“Sure when we do have the public hearing we can ask some questions,” Moylan said.
Joanne Brown also hired at least one other convicted federal felon as well as several individuals with local convictions during her tenure as the general manager. We should point out that the hiring of these individuals is not barred by Guam law yet Brown has been extremely vocal of Respicio for hiring an individual who had a misdemeanor conviction.
We applaud Senator Moylan for his courage to stand up against his colleague Senator Brown and to question her hiring practices as well as Respicios. We look forward to Moylan’s line of inquiry next week Tuesday during the continuation of the oversight hearing into the Port Authority of Guam.