Court upholds GPD’s termination of Mark Charfauros

Mark Charfauros (file photo)

The Superior Court of Guam has affirmed the Civil Service Commission’s decision and order sustaining the Guam Police Department’s adverse action on the termination of former police colonel Mark Charfauros.

The decision and order recounts that on Dec. 24, 2016, officers from the Agat Precinct Command responded to a complaint of fireworks.

At some point, Charfauros arrived at the scene and began admonishing police officers for their actions at the scene by screaming and using obscenities.

The confrontation was captured by a body cam worn by one of the responding officers.

The GPD chief at the time, Chief Joseph Cruz, viewed the tape and told Charfauros that there was a need for an investigation.

Charfauros was terminated from GPD in 2017 based on insubordination.

On March 21, 2019, CSC voted 5-0 in favor of GPD.

On March 16,2020, Charfauros filed a petition for judicial review requesting that the court reverse the decision and order issued by the CDC.

In his decision and order released yesterday, Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez said the termination of Charfauros was an appropriate sanction and the Superior Court will not disturb the CSC’s decision and order sustaining GPD’s adverse action against Charfauros.