CNMI LANDS COMMISSIONER REMAINS ON SUSPENSION

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By Gemma Q. Casas

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Aug. 4) - Marianas Public Lands Authority member Henry Hofschneider remains suspended.

This time, Hofschneider’s suspension is without pay.

Hofschneider last month was ordered to take a 15-day suspension over alleged insubordination. He obliged but the suspension was processed as administrative leave with pay

MPLA chairwoman Ana Demapan-Castro wrote Hofschneider a memorandum dated July 28 that his suspension is extended until such time that the Attorney General’s Office and the Finance Department have issued a legal opinion on the controversial land compensation drawdown, which was the cause of his suspension.

The embattled commissioner’s suspension should have ended on Monday.

"Until an official opinion is received from both agencies, your suspension must continue," Demapan-Castro told Hofschneider in the memo.

However, Demapan-Castro told Hofschneider he could be paid for his lost time at work if the legal opinion says his action did not violate any law.

"In the event that it is their opinion that there is a violation of the law, regulation or the indenture agreement, you will be subject to further disciplinary action. If there is no findings of any violation, then, you may be paid retroactively," she said.

She added that Hofschneider has the right to administratively appeal his Notice of Continuing Suspension without pay.

Meanwhile, Hofschneider has yet to return his personnel file.

Peggy B. Salas, chief of MPLA’s human resources office reported to Demapan-Castro that Hofschneider took his file as early as January and has not returned it.

Apparently, Hofschneider took his file months before his first suspension in July.

Salas said she inquired about the missing file from Hofschneider and he confirmed that he took it.

"He (Hofschneider) confirmed that he did have his personnel file but he did not offer to return it to me. The commissioner told me that he was keeping his file and would return it when he was done reviewing it," Salas told Demapan-Castro in a memorandum dated July 13 obtained by Variety.

MPLA said the personnel file is the government’s property.

"He (Hofschneider) confirmed that he did have his personnel file but he did not offer to return it to me. The commissioner told me that he was keeping his file and would return it when he was done reviewing it," Salas told Demapan-Castro in a memorandum dated July 13 obtained by Variety.

MPLA said the personnel file is the government’s property.

August 4, 2004

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