Governor’s chief fiscal advisor has died

An institution who helped to shape Guam’s fiscal policy the past four decades has died. Bertha Duenas, the governor’s chief fiscal advisor, passed away according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Here is the full statement from Lou Leon Guerrero and Joshua Tenorio:

“Today, Guam mourns a daughter of Guam and lifelong public servant – our Chief Advisor on Fiscal Discipline, Bertha Duenas. Bertha, a cherished friend, and an irreplaceable asset, dedicated her service to our people across various administrations in pivotal roles, including the former director of the Bureau of Budget and Management Research (BBMR), Director of the Office of Finance and Budget, Chief of Staff to the Honorable Kaleo Moylan during his terms as Lieutenant Governor and Senator, and Chief of Staff to Senator Doris Flores Brooks. Bertha was the architect in eliminating GovGuam’s deficit and understood that maintaining fiscal discipline was imperative in ensuring our government could provide vital services to our island community. We will never forget her infectious smile and laughter, her candor, and her integrity,” the governor said.

“Bertha expertly navigated Guam’s financial landscape, and her sharp, analytical mind supported data-driven fiscal policies that are benefitting our people today. Her contributions spanned across various leadership roles in both Republican and Democratic administrations and legislatures solidifying her as an invaluable asset,” said the lieutenant governor. “The news of her sudden departure has brought great sadness among all those who have worked alongside her. During this difficult time, our hearts are with Bertha’s family as we mourn her sudden passing.”

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