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Adelup continues giving raises, hiring

Posted: Jul 09, 2018 2:58 PM Updated:

As the government heads into budget talks expecting an estimated $145 million shortfall, the Governor’s Office continues to give out pay increases and hire staff assistants. According to documents obtained by KUAM News by way of Freedom of Information Act request, two more Adelup staffers have received increases in pay.

BOTA campaign spokesperson gets raise

Kristina “Tina” Blaz, a staff assistant for the Governor, received a $5,000 increase in pay, according to documents obtained from the Department of Administration. According to DOA docs, Blaz was terminated on Friday, June 8 and rehired with the same position title on Monday, June 11 – but Blaz’s pay went from $40,000 to $45,000 annually. Blaz is also the campaign spokesperson for the Tenorio/Ada gubernatorial team.

Another staff assistant with the Governor, Flora Fagan, was also terminated on Friday, June 8 and rehired with the same title – but with a $6,250 increase in pay – on Monday, June 11. Fagan’s pay went from $33,750 to $40,000 a year.

It is not clear why Blaz and Fagan were terminated “on paper” – Blaz told KUAM News she was never terminated from the Governor’s office and said documents saying she was terminated could be clarified with the Bureau of Budget Management and Research.

DOA: No answer to question about termination, rehiring

An employee with BBMR, however, referred KUAM News to DOA. A human resources supervisor with DOA told KUAM News in an email that “DOA does not have an answer to your question” when we asked why the two employees would be terminated and rehired for the same positions at a higher pay rate.

“Employees at the Governor’s office are unclassified and are hired and terminated at the discretion of the Governor,” Francis Filco, a supervisor with DOA’s human resources division, said in an email.

EPA deputy moves to Adelup, gets pay increase

In other Adelup hiring moves, former Guam Environmental Protection Agency deputy administrator Yvette Cruz was hired as a staff assistant at the Governor’s office. Cruz resigned from her position at GEPA on Friday, June 22 and was hired - with a $4,377 pay increase - at Adelup on Monday, June 25. Cruz’s pay went from $65,623 to $70,000. According to Governor’s spokesperson Oyoal Ngirairikl, Cruz will work out of the communications division at Adelup.

Vanessa Agustin Judicpa was hired as a staff assistant at Adelup on June 25. Judicpa is making $40,000 in salary. Judicpa is related to former senator Tony Ada’s brother-in-law, Peter Judicpa. Peter Judicpa is a treasurer for People for Progress – a political action committee that has said it is supporting Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio’s bid for Adelup.

Governor: employees are leaving Adelup

Governor Eddie Calvo disagreed with how KUAM News reports pay increases and hiring at Adelup – saying his administration has reduced personnel costs and “new hires” are simply replacing vacancies created by employees who have left the Governor’s office.

 “How do you have personnel costs that are down when you folks report that there’s additional hiring and pay increases? Is there something wrong with the math?” Calvo said.

Would leaving vacancies empty save money?

When asked if it would save money to leave vacated positions empty, the Governor’s spokesperson responded by saying “we’re not filling all the empty positions.”

“Maybe it means, there are people that have left – so I can tell you, that when it comes to Adelup, personnel cost wise – we’re down,” Calvo said. “How are we able to help fortify certain positions at Adelup and have lower personnel costs? Because there have also been reductions in personnel, but you know – that hasn’t been reported.”

Raises, hiring reported by KUAM News

As reported by KUAM News in late June, protocol officer Vicente “Tente” Flores received a $17,000 raise and Governor’s special assistant Michael Perez received a $10,000 raise. Ngirairikl telling KUAM News the raises were given because Perez and Flores were taking on new responsibilities that were held by staffers who had left Adelup.

Recent Adelup hiring, according to the Department of Administration:

Yvette Cruz, staff assistant $70,000/year

Vanessa A. Judicpa, staff assistant $40,000/year

Julius Santos, staff assistant $45,000/year

Telo Taitague, staff assistant $45,000/year

Frank Roberto, staff assistant $65,000/year

Nancy Mesa, staff assistant $60,000/year

Christine Quinata, staff assistant $28,125/year

Recent Adelup pay raises, according to the Department of Administration:

Tina Blaz, staff assistant from $40,000 to $45,000

Flora Fagan, staff assistant from $33,750 to $40,000

Vicente Flores, staff assistant from $45,000 to $61,875

Michael J. Perez, special assistant from $72,500 to $82,071

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