Governor appoints agriculture deputy director

CRUZ: Adrian Cruz is the new deputy director of the Department of Agriculture. He is shown in this 2017 photo protesting against a court decision declaring the political status plebiscite unconstitutional. Post file photo

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has appointed a deputy director to the Department of Agriculture.

“I have asked Adrian Cruz to assist Director Chelsa Muna-Brecht and the agency with their mission at Agriculture to not just enforce our laws, but to also expand opportunities for growth and sustainability," the governor said in a press release. Agriculture and food security is one of the top priorities in the administration, Leon Guerrero added.

The governor described Cruz as "an experienced businessman, farmer, livestock rancher and beekeeper. I am excited for this opportunity and to use my knowledge and experience in agriculture."

Cruz said in a press release he looks forward to his new job, which starts on Dec. 2.

Information on Cruz's new pay as a deputy director wasn't available as of press time. Cruz is already a part of the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio administration as a policy adviser who makes $60,000 a year in base salary.

Cruz also has held the role of Free Association Task Force chairman as part of the Guam plebiscite information campaign.

Some of the deputy directors in the administration make close to $90,000 a year; others more than $100,000.

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