PRESS RELEASES - There have been 35 suspensions, demotions and dismissals of non-performing government employees since the administration took office. This does not include the total number of warnings filed against employees for infractions that are being corrected.
On June 10, 2011, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo issued a public directive to his Cabinet. He told them to follow and equitably apply personnel rules and regulations to ensure employees are being treated fairly, and corrective action is pursued on non-performers.
"If someone is not doing their job, it is your job to pursue corrective action," Governor Calvo told his directors. "I am demanding no less from you. GovGuam employees, the same goes for you. If your supervisor, manager or director is not treating you right, or is unfairly applying personnel rules and regulations, then speak up. The Whistleblower Protection Act will shield you from retribution."
The Governor believes very sternly in the protection and best use of public funds. He believes the great majority of government employees work hard and beyond their call of duty to serve the community. He also acknowledges there is much room for improvement in the programs and services of the government.
"I want the good performers to be recognized and rewarded," said the Governor, "and those who refuse to perform to go through corrective action. The goal is to improve service by instilling accountability and fair treatment."
Examples of offenses that may have led to the suspensions, demotions and dismissals include:
- Failure to comply with the Drug-free Workplace Program
- Discourteous treatment to the public or other employees
- Misuse or theft of government property
- Refusal or failure to perform prescribed duties and responsibilities
- Acts of prohibited discrimination to include sexual harassment
- Unauthorized absence
It is unlawful to provide specific information about the identification of employees or agencies where these actions were served.