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Cook Islands Police Commissioner's post advertised
03:21 am GMT+12, 29/10/2020, Cook Islands

The position of the Cook Islands Commissioner of Police has been advertised and the Public Service Commission is now accepting applications.
 
Current Police Commissioner Maara Tetava Ariki was first appointed to the role in 2009 and continued until 2011 when he was reappointed.
 
Tetava’s term ended in March this year.
 
It was earlier reported that Tetava’s term as the top cop came to an end on 01 November, 2018.
 
The tenure for police commissioner was five years plus a rollover of an extra two years. He finished his seven-year period in 2016, but he continued in office.
 
It was in March this year that Parliament passed the Police (Validation of Reappointment) Act 2020, and retrospectively reappointed Tetava as Police Commissioner from November 2016 to 17 March , 2020.
 
As the Commissioner’s role comes to an end, so too does the Police Service’s public relations officer or spokesperson’s role currently held by Trevor Pitt.
 
Pitt says his role as the spokesperson is tied to the Commissioner so that anyone new coming in would be able to make their own decisions.  
 
Pitt took on the challenging position in May 2017 as a result of the retired assistant Australian Federal Police Commissioner Denis McDermott and former Cook Islands Police Commissioner Tevai Matapo’s recommendations undertaken by the Commissioner after the 2016 triple shooting.
 
Pitt said: “I think the new Commissioner will be able to determine the value of having someone continue with providing that support for the police.”  
 
Applications for the Police Commissioner’s role close on 20 November. A full job description for the position is available on the Office of the Public Service Commissioner (OPSC) website or may be collected from the Office of the Public Service Commissioner.
 
In addition to the job for the top cop, a number of other high-profile public service positions are currently open.  
 
Recruitment has begun for the next Public Service Commissioner.
 
The successful candidate will replace Russell Thomas, who has been in the role since March 2012.
 
Thomas first joined the Office of the Public Service Commissioner in 1996 as a management officer and was Chief Executive Officer from 2002-2009.
 
Electricity utility company Te Aponga Uira is also seeking a chief executive officer to replace current senior executive Apii Timoti, who was appointed to the role in early 2001.
 
And the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) has begun the recruitment process for a new director to lead the Economic Planning Division.  
 
Outgoing director Natalie Cooke, who led the ministry's economic response to Covid-19, first joined MFEM in 2017 as an economic policy advisor.

SOURCE: COOK ISLANDS NEWS/PACNEWS


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