It's becoming a kind of political ping pong. The controversial Deputy Secretary of the CNMI Department of Public Safety has been terminated by Acting Governor Eloy Inos once again while the governor is in California.
Last time Ambrosio Ogumoro was terminated from that position, Governor Fitial was also off-island. In a May 19, 2010 memo, DPS Commissioner Sandy Tudela terminated Ogumoro with the approval of Lt. Governor Inos while Fitial was off-island. In July 2010 Governor Fitial reinstated Ogumoro.
Ogumoro publicly attacked those who criticized his questionable practices. Some actions unrelated to personnel decisions have also been questioned. While at a DPS staff meeting, he reportedly instructed DPS personnel to bring food and drink to the political campaign of Covenant candidate Joseph Camacho, which is a violation of the Hatch Act.
Friday, November 19, 2010 Ogumoro was "relieved of his duties" once more:
In his Nov. 19 memorandum to DPS personnel, Commissioner Santiago F. Tudela said Ogumoro “is no longer employed with the department” effective Friday.See also these posts on Ogumoro:
In a Nov. 18 letter to Ogumoro, which was concurred by acting Gov. Eloy S. Inos, Tudela said “two separate events have prompted” the deputy’s firing.
“Many concerns…have been raised about your conduct which resulted in an investigation by the Office of the Attorney General,” the letter stated.
It added, “The investigation substantiated that you violated the regulations of the department in the form of retaliation. The morale in the department is dismal and our mission to keep the public safe and uphold our laws is being compromised by your actions.”
According to Tudela, “Recent inquiries about your employment status from the payroll division of the Department of Finance resulted in the Office of Personnel Management’s verification of your legal status with the Department of Public Safety.”
Tudela said the verification disclosed that Ogumoro is “not currently employed by DPS.”
“Your employment contract as the range master expired on Sept. 30, 2010 which has not been renewed to date.
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