Leon Guerrero picks for Port, Airport and GHURA positions

Rory J. Respicio, Ports Authority; Ray Topasna, GHURA; Thomas C. Ada, Guam International Airport Authority

Guam Governor-Elect Leon Guerrero has announced designees to head the Guam Port Authority, the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority and the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority.

The governor-elect will formally transmit their nominations for confirmation to the Guam Legislature as well as submit recommendations to the respective boards of the autonomous agencies. Nominees will serve in acting capacities pending legislative confirmation.

Former Guam Senator Rory J. Respicio is designated as general manager of the Port Authority of Guam, former Senator Thomas C. Ada as the executive director of the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority and Ray S. Topasna as executive director of the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority.

“These autonomous instrumentalities of our government are critical to providing basic services to our people daily and it is equally critical that we appoint the right individuals to lead these agencies," said Leon Guerrero. "Lieutenant Governor-Elect Tenorio and I are honored to announce the appointments of Senator Tom Ada, former Senator Rory Respicio, Ray Topasna, Connie Jo Shinohara, Dominic Muña, and Elizabeth Napoli to these leadership roles. Each of them recognize the great challenge ahead of them and they are ready to serve.”

The nominees and respective agencies are as follows:

Rory J. Respicio served in the 27th through 33rd Guam Legislatures and held various legislative leadership positions including Majority Leader and Chairperson of the Committee on Rules; Federal, Foreign and Micronesian Affairs; Human and Natural Resources; Election Reform; and Capitol District. Prior to being elected senator, Respicio served as Director of the Department of Youth Affairs.