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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Yokwe Online, Feb. 28) - Minister in Assistance to the President, Witten T. Philippo, formally announced last week in the Nitijela the appointment of Bobby Muller as the new Republic of the Marshall Islands Chief Secretary.

During the Cabinet’s meeting last week, the Commissioners of the Public Service Commission formally submitted their appointment to President Kessai H. Note and the members of the Cabinet.

During a special meeting Friday morning in the President’s Office, President Note thanked the former Chief Secretary Phillip K. Kabua and welcomed Chief Secretary Bobby Muller. "Chief Secretary Muller will be filling ‘big shoes,’" said President Note. "He is capable and the Cabinet is confident with the Public Service Commissions’ appointment. On behalf of the Government, I thank Ambassador Phillip Kabua for his years of service and welcome Chief Secretary Muller."

Muller started his career with the Government in 1991 as an Economist/Planning Officer at the former Office of Planning and Statistics. In 1992 Muller moved to the Ministry of Resources and Development as the Chief of Trade, Industry and Tourism until 1993when he was appointed as the Secretary of R&D.

Muller also served as the Secretary of the then Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1996 to 1998 where he resigned from the government to be the Project Coordinator for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and later became ADB’s Project Manager for the Ebeye Health and infrastructure Projects.

In 2001, Muller was brought into the RMI Government for the Compact Negotiations until his recent appointment to the Office of the Chief Secretary.

The Chief Secretary post is the highest public service position in the RMI. Muller is the third person to be appointed to the post since 1979.

Muller attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Loyola Marymount University in California and is married with five children.

March 1, 2005

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