After three decades as a public servant, Bob Lizama had essentially retired. But then, Gov. Eddie Calvo called on him to take over the directorship of the Department of Parks and Recreation. It was the perfect job for Lizama. “At 48, I was too young to retire,” he says.
Public service has always been on Lizama’s mind. Ever since high school he dreamed of being commissioner of his village. Though his family was relatively new to Yigo, he had planted his roots deeply within the community. In addition to attending church, Lizama played basketball, held office as president of the Chamorro Club, was elected to the youth congress, and worked for the commissioner himself, Antonio Calvo. The only thing that stood in the way of a full- fledged public serves was his youth. When he learned you had to be at least 25 years of age to hold the position, Lizama entered the police force instead.