Marshals and probation officers in Guam’s judiciary will get raises, but it’s unclear when they will begin.
The judicial council for the local judiciary met virtually on Thursday to discuss how it will respond to an 18% pay rise that was recently given to law enforcement personnel in the executive branch, such as the police and prison officers.
Court workers have been working on proposals for council to consider for some weeks and initially recommended a 7% raise for court marshals and probation officers, citing figures that would make the higher salaries competitive with similar jobs elsewhere in the Guam government. , as well as an increase for all other employees except judges, not exceeding 6%.
A broad pay adjustment helps address internal fairness and morale concerns, officials said.
In total, the proposed general increase would cost $1.9 million. The judiciary budget request for fiscal year 2023 will also be higher than the current year request due to organic growth and higher operational costs.
But when discussions turned to the legal mechanisms of how the judiciary would adjust the salaries of non-law enforcement personnel, Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido suggested limiting the council’s actions to only law enforcement officers at this time.
“Let me throw this away. For the purposes of today’s meeting, I’d like us to consider adjusting the pay scale for law enforcement…let’s remove any reference to non-police law enforcement and defer this to next month, until ’till we’ve had the opportunity to examine this in more detail,” Carbullido said.
A resolution approving pay adjustments only for marshals and probation officers also included a provision that pay increases were “subject to statutory appropriations”, meaning increases would not begin until after the enactment of a specific spending bill or the start of the next fiscal year. in October.
Another resolution, specific to salary adjustments for the rest of justice employees, is expected to be proposed in April.
About 965 executive branch law enforcement officers began seeing an 18% base salary increase beginning Jan. 30 under an executive order from Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, costing an estimated $16 million. for the remainder of the current fiscal year.