31 Jan 2014

Senior American Samoa staffers opt for early retirement

3:01 pm on 31 January 2014

Several senior staffers in the American Samoa Treasury are leaving as the government creates job opportunities for young people.

Employees are being offered 10,000 US dollars to retire early and make room for new employees to move in.

This includes a group of graduates that the governor Lolo Moliga has told directors they must hire.

The employees who are taking up the offer have worked for Treasury for more than 20 years and are in their late 50's or early 60's.

Some are division heads.

KHJ News reports the Treasurer Falema'o Dr. Phil Pili as saying he cannot comment until the governor makes an official announcement.

During the previous administration there were two attempts to approve a bill for an early retirement incentive package but the Fono rejected the proposal.