5.0103 District Governor—Appointment— Qualifications—Term.

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(a) There shall be in each district a District Governor, appointed by the Governor of American Samoa after the latter receives and considers the recommendations of the respective local district councils as to who should be appointed for their districts.

(b) To be eligible for appointment as a district governor, a person must be:

(1) a national of the United States; and

(2) a leading matai of the district for which he is to be appointed, who has maintained his monotaga and who is a bona fide resident of that district.

(c) The term of office of District Governors shall be 4 years, commencing on 1 January. Two months before the end of each term, the Governor of American Samoa shall circulate a notice among the villages of each district calling for nominations for the position of District Governor. Copies of such notice shall be delivered to the District Governors and the county chiefs of each district, and it shall be the duty of the District Governor to call and convene a district meeting for the purpose of discussing nominations, the welfare and good order of the people in his district, shall preside at the meetings of the district council, and shall communicate with the Governor and the Secretary of Samoan Affairs upon all matters pertaining to his duties.

History: 1962, PL 7-28; 1971, PL 12-19 § 1.