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CSC: We are moving forward with complaint

Posted: Jul 05, 2018 5:45 PM Updated:

Civil Service Commission Director Pete Calvo says the CSC is moving forward with complaints against Republican Senatorial candidates Amanda Blas and Michelle Hope Taitano.

“We’ve formally accepted the complaint, and we wrote letters today to the parties notifying them we’re coming in,” Calvo told KUAM News.

Calvo said he has assigned the complaint against Blas and Taitano to a personnel management analyst with CSC.

The complaint was filed by Ken Leon Guerrero - head of Citizens For Public Accountability - in response to KUAM News investigative reports.

KUAM News reported Taitano - according to an interview with KUAM News on June 28 - had not officially resigned from the Department of Labor after she filed her candidacy with the Guam Election Commission.

DOL director Sam Mabini told KUAM News Taitano was “no longer with the department as of June 26” - contradicting Taitano’s statements.

At issue with Blas - whether or not she is officially a “special assistant” or an “executive director” of the Commission on Decolonization.

Special and staff assistants are allowed to hold on to their jobs while running for political office, and several senatorial candidates continue to get paid at Adelup while politicking for seats in the Legislature, causing some to question the fairness of the law that mandates certain GovGuam employees have to quit when running for office and others don’t.

Blas is listed as an executive director on GovGuam staffing patterns, but the Governor’s chief of staff Mark Calvo wrote a letter to the CSC attempting to “clarify” Blas was a special assistant, and exempt from having to resign when she is running for office.

Pete Calvo today tells KUAM News his agency fired off letters to the Commission on Decolonization and DOL.

Ironically, the CSC’s letter to the Commission on Decolonization was addressed to Blas, who makes a combined $104,000 in salary and benefits.

“We’re going to go in and ask what their positions are, ask for the GG-1s and prepare a report,” Calvo said.

This is the assessment part of responding to the complaint, Calvo said. When a report is compiled, the personnel management analyst and Calvo will make a suggestion to the board based on the report’s findings.

The CSC board will then determine whether or not the complaint will be investigated. The board could recommend Blas be suspended, or corrective action be taken.

Although a source has told KUAM News Taitano was terminated from DOL, Mabini would not respond to the question in an email.

Calvo said the assessment of the complaint against Taitano will move forward, even if Taitano is no longer with DOL.

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