by Nick Delgado
Guam - Until the Judiciary receives $1.2 million, it can't implement the personnel actions that were signed that would have given marshals and probation officers the legally mandated raises they've been waiting for. Court policy, planning and communications director Josh Tenorio says the personnel actions were cut as recognition of what is owed to the employees, but without the money, implementation can't occur.
"The personnel actions were created to implement and institute the law passed by the Legislature, so it really isn't a subjective thing," he explained. "We need to pay for this there is an obligation to pay marshals and probation officers. The problem is we don't have the funds to pay those increments without causing a decrease in other areas perhaps a shortfall.
Tenorio says once the appropriation is given, the uniformed court staff will get retroactive pay. Half of the 40% raises mandated by law for all public safety personnel in the government have been given out but the remainder awaits an appropriation.