Charfauros demotion overturned, but reinstatement appeal still pending

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Mark Charfauros

Mark Charfauros will keep his rank as police colonel but that does not mean that his termination from the Guam Police Department is overturned.

Charfauros was demoted from the rank of colonel to major as a result of a public outburst during which he was caught on video degrading fellow officers who were responding to an incident in Agat on Christmas Eve 2016. He was also terminated from the force.

Despite attempts by the Guam Police Department to appeal the Civil Service Commission’s decision to reinstate his rank, the Supreme Court of Guam upheld the CSC’s ruling, affirming that the Superior Court of Guam did not err in deciding to dismiss GPD’s verified petition for judicial review and the decision and order denying the motion for reconsideration.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, “This Supreme Court decision addresses one of two adverse actions against Charfauros; specifically, his demotion. This decision does not have an impact on the Guam Police Department’s termination of Charfauros. The Civil Service Commission upheld GPD’s decision to terminate Charfauros and that matter is now pending in the Superior Court of Guam.”

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.