8 Jan 2007

American Samoa Power Authority sacks chief financial officer

11:18 am on 8 January 2007

The chief financial officer of the government owned American Samoa Power Authority is to lose his job from the 1st of Febuary.

John Marsh joined the ASPA in April 2004 as its chief financial officer and he has served in the post since, in addition to serving for a year (July 2005-July 2006) as interim chief executive officer.

He has been the centre of controversy since reports of ethics violations surfaced after materials and supplies allegedly paid for by the authority were sent to his home for his personal use.

Marsh later admitted to ethics violation, specifically for failing to report the use of ASPA equipment, time and personnel in the delivery of materials and supplies to his home.

The ASPA says Mr Marsh was offered the opportunity to resign, but after signing a letter to that effect rescinded his decision.

The ASPA says in light of Mr Marsh's withdrawl of the resignation, the Board had no choice but to issue an Advance Notice of Termination.

The authority's chief executive officer, Andra Samoa will provide direction to the business and finance branch regarding financial matters until the appointment of a new chief financial officer.