Guam - Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz in a letter to Governor Eddie Calvo urged him to prioritize the hiring of Department of Corrections personnel for 24 vacancies and ensure that Compact impact monies are used to fill an additional 30 vacancies at the agency. Stalling of hiring has cost DOC $2.6 million in overtime payments, an issue which can easily be resolved through filling the vacancies.
According to Cruz six hires have been stalled for months pending GPD's permission to use its polygraph machine. In response to the concerns regarding the delay Chief of Police Fred Bordallo has given instructions to expedite any request from DepCor as well as provide any resource available to help complete the application process.
Meanwhile a teleconference between the department and Department of Justice took place early today according to DepCor director Jose San Agustin the conference focused on addressing the need for medical staff. DOC is working on bringing aboard four nurses two of which were approved, in addition to one medical clerk. Once on board DOC will then have four full time nurses and one full time doctor on staff.