by Nick Delgado
Guam - The paperwork may be with the Department of Administration to pay for the Guam Police Department's overtime, but Captain Mark Charfauros says GPD still lacks funds to make it through the rest of the fiscal year. The governor's supplemental budget provided $300,000 for GPD, which the agency is using to pay the more than $200,000 in OT for the prior fiscal year, as well as a $5,000 civil fine by the U.S. Department of Labor for non-payment of the overtime.
Charfauros says with nearly a third of the staff on military leave, he anticipates the OT to rack-up. "We do anticipate a shortfall for the fiscal year so we do anticipate that the governor will have to transfer additional funds for overtime if we are going to make it this fiscal year," he said.
Charfauros says the lack of funds may result in more fines being given by the feds. While the Governor's Office was not available to respond to the issue, Public Safety Oversight Chair Senator Adolpho Palacios says if the funds are identified, then he would support the governor transferring the funds.