Former OTICIDE officer appointed as new EEO
After the last few months with no Equal Opportunity Officer on board, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed Sam Tinai as EEO within the Governor’s office. Tinai has been a Senior Special Agent with OTICIDE, under the Department of Homeland Security for over five years.
The last EEO was Kereti Mata’utia who was working under the Department of Human Resources and later transferred to the First Lady’s Office. Questions sent to the administration as to why Kereti was transferred out were not answered as of two months ago.
According to a general memorandum issued yesterday, the governor noted effective August 26, 2013 Tinai shall assume the Equal Opportunity Office within the governor’s office and he shall be responsible to carry out the mandated functions promulgated by Federal and Local Equal Employment Opportunity laws.
“Full compliance with all legal provisions of both Federal and local laws on promoting Equal Employment Opportunities for all residents of American Samoa,” says the memo.
DHR Director, Utuali’i Iuniasolua Savusa told Samoa News, Tinai will be an asset to the governor’s office as the EEO, given his law enforcement background.
“Tinai, in his capacity in the field as the Senior Special Agent for OTICIDE played a huge role in the investigations of white collar crime in the government and other major investigations which OTICIDE has conducted.”
“The new position he’s been appointed to will certainly enhance his capabilities given his background, as a senior special agent, long years as law enforcer and his community service as a minister in his church,” said the DHS Director.
Tinai holds an MA from the University of San Diego in Human Resources Education and Public Administration. He also holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Chaminade University in Hawaii, and an AS degree from ASCC.
When in Saipan, he also taught at the Saipan Police Academy. He has also worked as an instructor at Remington College, and worked with the USDOE in Hawai’i.
In the territory, he worked for DOE as Data manager for Special Education, and in his latest post as Senior Special Investigator for OTICIDE under the Department of Homeland Security, he served for over five years.
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