GPD wants do-over in Charfauros demotion case

Mark Charfauros (file photo)

Guam – The Guam Police Department is challenging the decision of the Civil Service Commission on the ruling regarding the demotion of former GPD Colonel Mark Charfauros in local court.

GPD is asking the local court to reverse a decision by the civil service commission to re-instate Mark Charfauros to the rank of Colonel. Charfarous was demoted to the rank of Major and then fired following an incident caught on camera showing a irate Charfauros allegedly berating fellow officers on Christmas eve 2016.

Charfauros took his case to the Civil Service Commission winning his appeal as a result of GPD not providing any proof or evidence for the CSC to weigh. GPD is now asking the local court to review the decision citing that they were not provided a fair trial.

During the CSC hearing GPD wanted to call Charfauros as their first witness, but they were denied as CSC procedures only allow for a defendant to be called to the stand if that person does not testify on their own behalf. Because GPD was not able to call Charfauros to the stand they elected to not go forward.

Meanwhile, Charfauros’ attorney Randal Cunliffe contends that the local court does not have jurisdiction over the matter. Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez has taken the matter under advisement.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.