Port board wants to move forward after $600K settlement

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Guam – At least $600,000 in back wages must be paid out to reinstated Port Authority of Guam financial affairs comptroller Jose Guevara. The PAG Board has not had any communication with Guevara’s counsel since June 2018 on the final dollar amount owed but, the board is hopeful they could move forward with the settlement.

Justice delayed is justice denied, according to Port Authority of Guam general manager Rory Respicio. On Tuesday,  the agency made the decision to pay the back wages owed to Guevara, who is one of the seven employees terminated in 2012.

The anticipated pay out is a result of the Supreme Court of Guam ruling in 2015. The court ordered the port to reinstate Guevara after ruling that it had violated the 60-day rule in taking adverse action against him.

With that matter settled, the agency must now figure out what the payout includes. At the meeting, the board’s decision was to calculate the payout using Guevara’s base salary during his termination in 2012.

Another hold up is whether or not Guevera is entitled to pay increments over the last seven years, an issue that was supposed to be resolved in the last 30 days.

Watch the video of the meeting below:

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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.