The director of Human Resources has cited poor job performance, insubordination, and misconduct as some of the reasons Chief of Customs Vaetagaloa Glen Lefiti is being fired.
The termination of Vaetagaloa's services, which will be effective August 28, was made at the recommendation of Vaetagaloa’s boss Treasurer Falema’o Dr Phil Pili.Among reasons, HR Director Le’i Sonny Thompson cited for the termination are Vaetagaloa's failure to properly account for and deposit all revenues from Customs operations. This siad Le'i further demonstrates low job performance on the part of the customs chief.
Vaetagaloa is also being blamed for not transmitting and surrendering to the commissioner of public safety all illegally imported and confiscated contraband.
It's believed some of the confiscated items were uncovered inside the customs chief’s office during an investigation launched not longr after Vaetagaloa was placed suspension.
HR also claims Vaetagaloa failed to properly inform his immediate supervisor regarding the incident with Customs officer Francis Maluia.
Maluia was suspended over allegations that he removed a box that came through Post Office mail without allowing customs agents to check its contents.
Le’i says the incident with Maluia possibly violated not only local laws but also federal regulations governing the US Postal Service.
HR informed Vaetagaloa that he has the right to appeal his termination with the Admnistrative Law Judge.
When Vaetagaloa was placed on suspension in May, he issued a statement saying that he is not afraid to face the allegations against him and he plans to fight to the fullest extent of the law.