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CSC: 60-day rule violated in Port worker's case

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - It was the Civil Service Commission who first determined that Salvadore Guevara wasn't qualified to be hired at the Port Authority as an Accountant II.  But even after they determined his hiring was null and void, the Commission Tuesday night voted to have Guevara reinstated. The CSC determined that management failed to serve Guevara his adverse action within 60 days. 

Guevara was one of three employees terminated earlier this year following a post-audit that determined they didn't meet the minimum qualifications for the jobs they were hired for.  Port general manager Joanne Brown says the agency is trying to determine how to proceed since the Commission's decision conflicts with its prior ruling.

She said, "They all voted to nullify the hiring's, so once a position is nullified it never existed in the first place that left us with very limited options with how to proceed at that, so with that in mind we will assess how to proceed from here and what the Port's response on this particular issue. But the Commission took a very different position on an order they already issued, so I think we need to explore that further because we're not quite clear of the action they have taken."  

Brown adds the Port will have to evaluate how to proceed and whether Guevara will be returning to the position he was deemed not qualified for or whether he will move to another position.  The latter, however, could pose some issues with the merit system.

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