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Samoa Public Service Says Deputy CEOs Will Be Removed
Clarifies comments by PM over consolidation of ministry staff

By Niccola Hazelman-Siona

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Nov. 29, 2012) – Samoa’s Public Service Commission (PSC) has explained the difference between the roles of a Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) and an Assistant CEO.

"What the Prime Minister was talking about was the removal of a Deputy CEO within government ministries," said the Chairman of the PSC, Tuu’u Ieti Taulealo.

According to Tuu’u, there are not many government ministries in which a Deputy CEO is chosen. The ministries include the Ministry of Finance (MOF); Ministry of Revenue (MOR) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

"Those are the only ministries I know of that actually appoint a Deputy CEO and that is what the Cabinet has approved to be removed."

Tuu’u said the difference between the two is that a deputy takes over duties and responsibilities of a CEO if he or she is not around whereas Assistant CEO’s are actually known as the heads of divisions.

"Assistants are normally found within big ministries such as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Ministry of Agriculture (MAF) or the Ministry of Education (MESC).

"These ministries are made up of divisions and although there is a CEO but because there are many divisions an assistant is appointed to head the division and report directly to the CEO. So in other words these ACEOs, are Heads of Divisions."

Tuu’u said that the Deputy roles will now be taken over by the ACEO’s.

"With the new structure, CEOs will now choose who will act in his or her absence. One of the ACEO’s will be designated to stand in; therefore there is no need for a Deputy."

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