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Hocog proposes pay raise for fire chief

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SENATE President Victor B. Hocog on Friday pre-filed Senate Bill 21-70, which will raise to $72,000 from $54,000 the annual salary of the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services commissioner.

The current DFEMS commissioner, Dennis Mendiola, is the NMI Republican Party senatorial candidate on Rota.

Hocog’s bill also states that the department “shall be administered by a qualified commissioner addressed by the rank of chief of fire and EMS who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.”

The bill added, “The Department of Fire and EMS in the islands of Rota and Tinian shall be administered by a qualified resident deputy commissioner addressed by the rank of deputy chief, who shall be appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the municipal council members from those respective  islands.”

The chief of DFEMS, the bill added, “shall receive no less than and not exceed a base salary of $72,000 per annum, which is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act mandate that all sworn fire personnel are to work 106 hours biweekly including all those managing and overseeing the agency.”

The salaries of the resident deputy commissioner on Rota and Tinian, the bill states, “shall not exceed a base salary of $60,000 per annum.”

S.B. 21-70 states that Public Law 18-73, which created the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, “omitted the rank and file of the firefighters and personnel of the department.”

“This has caused some confusion and disorder among the firefighters since the creation of the department.”

 

 

 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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