Guam - Civil Service Commission executive director Tony Lamorena is responding to claims that he may have violated the Mini-Hatch Act by attending a village meeting last weekend hosted by Governor Eddie Calvo. He tells KUAM that public law allows him to attend a political pocket meeting primarily to inform and educate himself on who to vote for.
He said, "The new law actually allows and gives more flexibility to the Government of Guam employee to participate in the election process which is actually good because in the past there were quite a few restrictions and so it now allow the government employee to be more active in the process and their issues and concerns."
Employees of the CSC along with the Guam Election Commission, the Office of Public Accountability, the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Tax Enforcement Division of Rev & Tax, a sworn police officer and the Prosecution Division of Attorney General's Office are prohibited from taking an active part in political management or political campaigns.
The Civil Service Commission meanwhile is in charge of investigating reports of violation of the Mini-Hatch Act. Lamorena says based on the new law, the CSC can only entertain written complaints submitted to the CSC in Sinajana. Go to csc.guam.gov to read more on the Mini-Hatch Act.