THE Commonwealth Casino Commission still has 12 employees including himself, the commission's executive director, Andrew Yeom, informed the commissioners last week.
In his monthly report, Yeom said after further staff separations "we are now down to 12 employees as of today, Sept. 29, 2021."
The commission, which had over 50 employees prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, started cutting jobs in late June by sending termination letters to 25 of its employees in different divisions.
In August, Yeom reported to the commissioners that they were down to 15 employees excluding the legal counsel.
The recent “separations” occurred last week following the resignations of enforcement and investigations chief Vince Babauta and compliance agent Marc Venus, the executive director said in his report.
Yeom designated Thelma Mizer as acting manager of both the Enforcement & Investigations and Permit & Licensing divisions. The commission's other divisions are Audit, Compliance and Administrative Services. Each has two staff members.
Earlier this month, commissioner Diego M. Songao, who represented Rota, resigned for health reasons. The remaining commissioners are chairman Edward C. Deleon Guerrero, vice chairman Ralph S. Demapan, Ramon Dela Cruz and Mario Taitano.
In August 2021, the commission’s total expense was $107,211, of which 59.32% was spent on personnel wages and benefits while 25.26% was spent on the commissioners and other compensation.
The commission depends solely on the $3 million regulatory fee that exclusive license holder Imperial Pacific International can no longer afford to pay.
IPI, which shut down in March 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic, is facing several lawsuits from vendors or former employees.
Recently, Yeom filed four complaints against IPI and sought the revocation of the casino investor's exclusive license.