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OPA investigator Travis Hurst resigns

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OFFICE of the Public Auditor investigator Travis Hurst has resigned, and his last day at OPA was on Saturday, Oct. 24.

OPA administrative officer Michelle A. Camacho, in an email to Variety, said Hurst submitted his resignation on Sept. 28. “His last day is on Oct. 24. His 60-day notice requirement was waived.”

She added,  “Travis is moving back to Michigan to be with his family.”

In his resignation letter,   Hurst thanked OPA for the opportunity it gave him in the last two years and six months. “I’ve greatly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunities I’ve had to assist the citizens of the CNMI in holding their public officials accountable, and I’ve learned the ins and outs of public accountability while working here; of which I will take with me throughout my career.”

Hurst was one of the investigators who looked into Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig’s travel authorizations following an anonymous tip that “a large delegation from Rota…had flown to Guam to attend a political event” in 2019.

The Rota mayor was charged in federal court in September 2018. A superseding indictment was filed against him and his girlfriend  Evelyn Atalig in November 2018. They were acquitted by a jury in August 2020.

During the trial, the defense attorneys accused Hurst of biased and inaccurate reports.

A former Department of Public Safety public information officer, Hurst was first employed by OPA in April 2018 as investigator II.

Hurst has a bachelor of science degree  in information technology and is a graduate of a law enforcement academy in Florida. In 2012, Hurst obtained his master of science degree  in administration of justice and security.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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