Recruitment of new A.G. underway

By Matai'a Lanuola Tusani T - Ah Tong 17 May 2020, 12:00PM

The recruitment and selection process for a new Attorney General is underway. But interested applicants will have to keep a keen eye out on when the position will be advertised.

The role has been vacant since former Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, resigned.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (M.P.M.C.), Agafili Shem Leo, said an advertisement for the position has not yet been made.

“It’s not yet advertised and when it does it will be made publicly on the [Public Service Commission] Circular,” he said. 

But he explained that the recruitment and selection process is a lengthy one which involves the reviewing of the job description, contract and other key details before it is advertised.

“The recruitment and selection process [for Attorney General vacancy] is underway," said Agafili.

“This position is very important for the Government and its stipulated in the Constitution.”  

Asked why it has taken long to advertise the position, the C.E.O. said it is crucial that the process of hiring a new Attorney General goes through the usual stages.

Meanwhile, the role of the Acting Attorney General is being held by Galumalemana Loretta Teueli since the resignation of Lemalu in mid-February. 

Lemalu resigned three months ago to pursue work opportunities in New Zealand after his contract was extended following his initial three year contract that ended in April last year. 

It was announced that he will be taking up a position with the Crown Solicitor’s South Auckland Office, the firm Kayes, Fletcher and Walker (K.F.W.). 

Lemalu had been serving as the A.G. for four years before he officially concluded his work in March. 

By Matai'a Lanuola Tusani T - Ah Tong 17 May 2020, 12:00PM

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