CPA port managers now exempted from salary cap


A bill to exempt local air and seaport managers from salary caps was signed into law yesterday.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres signed into law Senate Bill 19-41, as amended, which exempts managers of the Commonwealth Ports Authority from the salary limitations imposed by the Compensation Adjustment Act.

The bill is now Public Law 19-48, and exempts the managers from the cap so they can receive more salaries of more than $50,000 per year.

The bill was offered by then Senate president and now Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog, Sens. Frank Borja (Ind-Tinian), Sixto Igisomar (R-Saipan), Steve Mesngon (R-Rota), Justo Quitugua (Ind-Saipan), and Arnold Palacios (R-Saipan) in June 2015.

It found that managers of CPA were “underpaid” considering their duties and responsibilities to manage the air and seaports in the CNMI.

It said that these managers “operate complex 24-hour port facilities” that are heavily regulations by the federal government agencies.

The bill said that CPA managers currently earn salaries that are the same as “top paid civil service managers with less duties and responsibilities.”

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at

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