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Law enforcers will get retro-pay

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - It was considered the single-largest liability that was still left to be paid and by the end of the next month, Governor Eddie Calvo says the island's law enforcement officers will finally be issued the remaining of their retro pay.

Today is Guam Police Department chief Fred Bordallo's 55th birthday but that's not the only reason he's celebrating. "I believe the gesture by Governor Calvo supporting them in getting the retro pay of their other half of the 40% really sends a message to the majority of the uniformed officers and the troops to let them know that they deserve recognition," he said.

It was right around the holidays late last year when law enforcement officers were paid the first half of their 40% raise. In his weekly address, Governor Eddie Calvo announced that the payment for the remaining balance will be fulfilled- along with "the last of the empty promises for the past two decades." He said, "The balance of the retro payment for salaries alone is $10 million. We're preparing to make that payment by the end of August. We're 70% done identifying the money for that."

The retro pay would impact GPD's 304 sworn full time police officers along with an estimated 20 who have retired and 14 police officer trainings. "This helps them out, they have to juggle their expenses to pay for and raise their families they got bills to pay, some have even invested in training and education which is admire," he said.

Department of corrections director Jose San Agustin considers it a morale booster, noting, "Because the officers and family have been expecting it for a long time and when something is promised of them and it doesn't mature and it doesn't happen, of course it's like ok, what's going on something they anticipate and it doesn't happen, of course the morale will go down and they'll say it's probably not a good place to work."

He says 170 correction officers will be impacted along with about 50 who have retired. Governor Calvo in his address says once the payment is made, the only balance left will be for adjustments to things like night differential, hazard pay, retirement and overtime. This is something San Agustin hopes is also fulfilled. "The overtime for this particular fiscal year, we're behind like three or four pay periods, but I'm confident that possibly next month or the month after that we'll be able to fulfill all those whole," he said.

Those pay periods take into account about $300,000. He does however add that $724,000 was paid out last Friday representing five pay periods of overtime. GPD we should add also paid $668,000 as well in past due overtime payment earlier this month. 
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