11 Aug 2006

American Samoa struggles to hire comptroller and auditor

2:28 pm on 11 August 2006

American Samoa is still trying to find a Comptroller of Finance and a territorial auditor.

The comptroller position has been vacant for about four years and Treasury has been unable to convince a mainland applicant to take the job.

Treasurer Velega Savali says a Certified Public Accountant with impeccable credentials was finally found to take over the role when he had to decline because of his wife's health.

Velega says they had been negotiating for months with the individual and had even increased the salary for the job from 60,000 US dollars plus to 80,000.

Velega says they are now talking to another applicant whom they had been considering for the Territorial Auditor job.

He said this individual is asking for a job for his wife who is a teacher, and the Treasurer is hoping to discuss the issue and get a decision from the Director of Education.

The assistant secretary of the interior David Cohen has stressed that the ASG must strive to fill the comptroller and territorial auditor positions.