Charfauros wins demotion appeal

Mark Charfauros (file photo)

The fired police colonel won his appeal with the Civil Service Commission.

Guam – The Civil Service Commission reached a determination in the demotion of former GPD Colonel Mark Charfauros Thursday night.

The Guam Police Department made a last minute effort to stop the proceedings at the Superior Court of Guam, contending that the government was not able to call Chafarous to the stand to testify in their opening arguments during a CSC hearing last week. GPD argued they were denied due process in the case but Judge Vern Perez denied GPD’s motion and another CSC hearing scheduled for Thursday night continued as planned.

In a 3-1 decision, the  CSC ruled in favor of Charfauros. The commissioners found that the government failed to present a case against Charfaurous.

Civil Service Commission Executive Director Peter Calvo, on NewsTalk K57 today stated, “For us, it’s unfortunate. One of the commissioners had mentioned that we did not get to hear the merits of the case and it’s just sad that commissioners weren’t given that opportunity to decide for themselves what is the truth.”

Charfauros was demoted to the rank of major and then terminated as a result of his actions captured on camera on December 24, 2016. Charfauros continues to appeal his termination with the Civil Service Commission.

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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.