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Chief: no money for promoted lieutenants

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Despite assurances to the Legislature that funding had been identified to pay for the promotions, Police Chief Fred Bordallo is in a predicament. Three individuals who were promoted to the rank of lieutenant back in December may have gotten the rank but they have yet to receive the corresponding pay. 

Chief Bordallo says the problem is there's no money to pay for their promotion. "There's a funding issue here that's across my table that I've been informed of," he explained. "Right now we're in the process of having that documented in writing so we move from dealing with that issue about a funding problem."

The top brass says he's reviewing several options that he admits includes rescinding the promotions until such time funding has been identified. Bordallo says the department cannot continue to have them perform the work of a lieutenant if they are not being paid for it.  

Former deputy chief Frank Ishizaki and acting chief Ric Leon Guerrero pushed for the promotions, making assurances that funds were available despite repeated requests by the oversight chair to hold-off. Several officers also filed grievances, saying the Guam Police Department never issued announcements for the promotions.

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