LIBRARY BOARD MEMBERS APPROVED IN SENATE
Senators yesterday approved the governor’s nominees for the Feleti Barstow Public Library Board. Three members received unanimous votes of 14-0, and they are David Addison, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde and Wendy Malepeai. The other four members each received 13 yeas and 1 nay: Tom Drabble, Tapaau Dr. Dan Aga, Albert Toeaina and Bessie Manase.
According to the resolution, members of the Library board had all their terms of office expire without appointment of successors, with only two members of the original Library board continuing to reside in the territory. It is vital that the board be reconstituted in order to ensure the successful continuation of the Public Library’s contributions to the community, it said.
The resolution in this matter states that members who will be serving for four-year terms are Drabble, Tauili’ili-Langkilde, Tapaau and Malaepeai; while he proposes two-year terms for Addison, Toeaina and Manase. The eighth member of the board is DOE Director Vaitinasa who serves as a member by statute.
Drabble has been a member of the board since its inception, while Tauili’ili-Langkilde has served on the board for the last ten years, and she and Drabble provide needed continuity as the board is reconstituted.
REP FAIMEALELEI RAISES CONCERN WITH ASG HIRING PRACTICE
The hiring of Tax Manager Richard Jimmerson was an issue raised during the House Regular Session yesterday morning, where Rep Faimealelei Anthony Allen pointed out that this position should have been advertised when the Treasurer moved to make former Tax Manager Melvin Joseph a tax consultant.
Faimealelei said he received numerous complaints from those in the Tax Division as to why the Treasurer did not advertise the position before he hired Jimmerson. Speaker Savali Talavou Ale in response to the matter stated the question should be directed to the Treasurer, Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ Pili.
HOUSE HOLDS HEARING FOR GOV’S NOMINEE TO BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION
The resolution submitted to the Fono with the governor’s nominees for the Board of Higher Education, Dr Annie J Fuavai and Sapini Siatu’u, was introduced in the House yesterday and it was assigned to the House Education Committee chaired by Vaetasi Saena Moliga. The Committee has scheduled the confirmation hearing this Wednesday for them to appear for questions by lawmakers.
According to the resolution, Siatu’u is well known to the Fono for his lifelong service to the American Samoa Government in the area of Human Resources Management and his previous experience on the Board of Higher Education as well as his dedication to developing future leaders of the territory qualifies him for this important role.
Dr. Fuavai is an Emergency Room Physician at the LBJ Medical Center where she has practiced medicine with distinction for over two decades. “Her wide-ranging educational background includes Fa’asao High School, Seattle University, Fiji School of Medicine, University of Auckland and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
She’s also a former teacher at Samoana High School and she’s active in her community and a proven advocate of youth programs. Her term will be for two years.