Adelup late Thursday afternoon issued a statement saying that Department of Military Affairs Director and Adjutant General Esther Aguigui’s $41,000 pay raise was a mistake and not sanctioned by the administration.
According to Adelup, on July 23, 2019, a personnel action to adjust the salary of The Adjutant General was inadvertently processed at the Department of Administration after a proposal was received by the administration to consider an increase in The Adjutant General’s salary as the Director of the Department of Military Affairs.
A draft personnel action form submitted for the administration’s review was inadvertently processed, but once the error was identified, Adelup said a review was conducted and steps are now being identified to ensure this error is not repeated.
“This pay adjustment was not sanctioned by the Administration. This was an error in systems and processes. We have since corrected The Adjutant General’s salary and are making adjustments to ensure that necessary controls are in place,” the Adelup statement said.
Maj. Gen. Aguigui also said: “I know the soldiers of the Guam Army National Guard, the governor and lieutenant governor, and the people of Guam have placed confidence in my ability to lead. I take these responsibilities seriously and want to assure everyone that I will work to maintain the expectations that come with my position.”