(a) There is within the executive branch the American Samoa Criminal Justice Planning Board which is under the jurisdiction of the Governor.
(b) The Board consists of 14 members appointed by the Governor. Members are selected from among residents of the Territory who are representative of the criminal justice system, including but not limited to: police agencies; the judiciary, prosecutorial and defense counsel; adult correctional and rehabilitative agencies, and juvenile justice agencies; elected officials; local government; public or private agencies related to the criminal justice system; and private citizens; and in compliance with the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, and other applicable federal acts. The chairman is selected by the Board from among its members. Members serve without compensation or other emoluments.
(c) Members shall serve for a 2-year term and may be reappointed; provided, that of the members first appointed, one-half serve a 2-year term and one-half serve a one-year term; and provided further, that the terms of those members who serve by virtue of the office they hold shall be concurrent with their service in the office from which they derive their membership.
(d) Should any member cease to be an officer or employee of the unit or agency he is appointed to represent, his membership on the board shall terminate immediately and a new member shall be appointed in the same manner as his predecessor to fill the unexpired term. Other vacancies occurring, except those by the expiration of a term, shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment within 30 days of the vacancy.
(e) The Governor appoints a Director, who serves at the pleasure of the Governor. Other staff personnel are employed in accordance with the career service and other applicable Territorial laws and regulations. The Director may contract for consulting services as may be necessary and authorized to carry out the purposes of this chapter.History: 1978, PL 15-107 § 2.