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.