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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Malae back as A. Samoa power authority chief

Former Commonwealth Utilities Corp. executive director Abe Utu Malae is now back at his old post in American Samoa, serving as the chief of the island’s power authority.

Malae’s newest appointment takes effect this week after he attended his first official meeting last Monday, Saipan Tribune learned.

It was learned that the new American Samoa Power Authority board has moved to appoint a new executive director to see progress and significant change in the power authority’s operations. Malae reportedly was the prime choice for the position.

Malae once headed the territory’s power authority, among the many posts he held in the past.

Malae resigned from CUC in May 2012 due to what many believed was result of a “difference of opinion” with the Fitial administration.

During his tenure as CUC chief, many progress and developments were noted under his leadership including improvements in the islands’ water supply, the stable power condition in the CNMI, and progress in meeting stipulated order requirements.

In August last year, Malae told the Fitial administration he would leave CUC by the end of March 2012 because he’s running for governor in American Samoa in the November 2012 elections. Two months later, Malae said he was no longer running for the post and will be staying with CUC.

Besides heading ASPA in the past, Malae also worked for the Development Bank of American Samoa, LBJ Hospital, Port Administration and Public Works, among others.

Malae has worked within the government of American Samoa for over 25 years.

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