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POLICE CHIEF'S ACTIONS PROMPT UNION GRIEVANCE

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The Law Enforcement Supervisors Union has filed a grievance against the Turnbull administration regarding the appointment of Jose A. Garcia as the territorial police chief.
The union president, Capt. Al Donastorg, said in the grievance that Garcia has begun to exercise duties of his office without having been sworn into office in accordance with provisions of the 1954 Revised Organic Act.
He noted that more than two weeks after Garcia was appointed to the post, he is yet to be sworn in. The union leader contends that the chief is illegally presiding over disciplinary hearings while still in office in an acting capacity.
If such things are not questioned, Donastorg said, it could be years before the territorial chief is sworn in.
Keeping the union in limbo by not swearing in the presiding officer of grievance hearings is unfair to both the chief and the police rank and file, Donastorg said. He said he believes the union is entitled to a higher degree of respect and professionalism.
According to Donastorg, the issue was first raised on Dec. 9 during a hearing involving the union.
Traditionally, the police chief receives complaints and conducts disciplinary hearings involving members of the police force and makes recommendations for disciplinary action to the deputy commissioner for the appropriate district.

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