11 May 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres is not performing his constitutional duty, according to former Sen. Herman R. “HR” Deleon Guerrero.
He said he is referring to the “inaction” of the governor in filling vacancies on government boards and commissions.
Last week, Governor Torres re-appointed Deleon Guerrero to the Civil Service Commission after the former senator raised the issue of his term expiring in a letter dated April 25, 2018.
Deleon Guerrero’s term expired in Jan. 2018.
In response to his re-appointment, Deleon Guerrero told the governor in a letter dated May 10, 2018 that he was declining it.
He said he stated his position on the matter in his previous letter to the governor when he told Torres to “choose someone else.”
In an interview on Thursday, Deleon Guerrero expressed concern about other boards and commissions to which members are not appointed in time.
“I want everyone to know that the slowness of the governor in appointing commission members means that he is not properly meeting his constitutional obligations as mandated by the CNMI Constitution and the Covenant,” Deleon Guerrero said.
“I don’t like that. It is affecting the Civil Service Commission because we have to have quorum to discuss the policies, procedures, rules and regulations that govern the entire CNMI civil service system. It is holding us back.”
Deleon Guerrero said there are civil service employee whose grievances must be addressed as soon as possible.
“There are complaints coming in, but we cannot function and we cannot do anything without a quorum.”
He said the governor’s advisers or staff should be reminding him about board or commission members whose terms are expiring.
In his April 25, 2018 letter, Deleon Guerrero also reminded Torres that the administration cut the Civil Service Commission’s budget “almost in half.”
“This budget cut came at a time when the new, ‘revitalized’ Civil Service Commission is working hard to revive its operations which were long neglected in past years,” Deleon Guerrero said.
According to the former senator, Torres, in previous meetings with him, stated that the budget cut would be restored through supplemental appropriation, “but to date your administration is lending a deaf ear,” Deleon Guerrero said.
The government’s FY 2018 budget law allotted $199,000 for the Civil Service Commission.
Deleon Guerrero said he is reminding civil service employees, “more than 2,000 strong, that if they have problems or grievances, they have to follow the rules and regulations that have been established. I want them to know that nobody, if you are doing OK as a civil servant, nobody can get fired even during a political season. If you are being threatened with being fired, talk to the civil service/Office of Personnel Management.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104362-hr-declines-re-appointment-to-civil-service-commission-slams-governor