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  • ABOUT THE STATE OF CHUUK

         The State of Chuuk is one of the four states that make up the Federated States of of Micronesia, along with the states of Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap.  Chuuk is the state with the largest population with about 53,000 people, with more than 40,000 of those living on the larger islands in the main lagoon.
         Chuuk is located about 1,000 kilometers southeast of Guam.  Chuuk consists of 11 high mangrove-fringed islands in the Chuuk lagoon, and a series of 14 outlying atolls and low islands surrounding the lagoon.  The main islands, Weno, Tonoas, Uman, and Fefan are located in the main lagoon.
         Chuuk lagoon is one of the world's best and most well known wreck diving sites, as there were dozens of Japanese warships and aircraft sunk in the lagoon during World War II.
         Chuuk State has its own constitutional government with three co-equal branches of government consisting of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
        The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are the leaders of the Executive Branch and have the primary duty of executing the laws and administering state government services.  See, Art. VI of the Chuuk Constitution.
         The legislative or law making power of the state is vested in the Legislature, which consists of two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives.  This power extends to all rightful subjects of legislation not inconsistent with the Chuuk Constitution or the Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia.
         The Senate consists of 10 members, with the President of the Senate as its highest officer.  The House of Representatives consists of 28 members, with the Speaker as it's highest officer. See, Art. V of the Chuuk Constitution.
        The Chuuk State Supreme Court has constitutional jurisdiction to review the actions of any state administrative agency, and decide all relevant questions of law, interpret constitutional and statutory provisions and determine the meaning or applicability of the terms of an agency action.  See, Art. VII of the Chuuk Constitution.
         The top state leaders and some key staff are as follows:
     
    Executive
    Governor:   Hon. Johnson Elimo
    Lt. Governor:   Hon. Ritis Heldart
    Chief of Staff:  Wilfred Robert
    Spec. Asst., Legislative Affairs:  Masachiro Christlib
    Spec. Asst., Soc. Affairs:  Kichy Joseph
    Attorney General:   Hon. Sabino Asor, Esq.
    Director (Dir.) Admin. Services:  Hon. Jesse Mori
    Dir., Agriculture:  Hon. Kandito Kanas
    Dir., Education:  [Acting] Hon. Noah Ruben
    Deputy Dir., Education:
    Dir., Health Services:   Hon. Julio Marar
    Dir., Transportation/Public Works:  Hon. Johnny Killion
    Deputy Dir., Transportation/Public Works:  Binasto Ruben
    Dir., Marine Resources:   Hon. Tesime Kafot 
    Dir., Public Safety:  Hon. Kerson Rizal
    Disaster Office:  Frank Cholymay
    Election Commission:  Yasen Harry
    Land Commission:  K. M. Mailo
    Visitors Authority:  Mason Fritz
     
    Legislature
    President, Senate:  Hon. Mark Mailo
    Vice President, Senate:   Hon. Isiro Choram
    Floor Leader:  Hon. Alanso Cholymay
    Chief Clerk, Senate:  Songkinita Bossy
    Speaker, House of Rep.:   Hon. Innocente I. Oneisom
    Vice Speaker, House of Rep.:  Hon. Karson Billy
    Floor Leader:  Hon. Marius Akapito
    Chief Clerk, House of Rep.:  Florence P. Stanley
    Legislative Counsel:  Brian Dickson, Esq.
     
    Judiciary 
    Chief Justice:   Hon. Camillo Noket, Esq.
    Associate Justices:
          Hon. Keske S. Marar
          Hon. Midasy O. Aisek
          Hon. Repeat Samuel
          Hon. Jayson Robert
    Chief Clerk of Courts:  Kency Conrad
    Appellate Clerk of Courts:  Kereta Dereas
    Director of Administration:  Isauo Kuena
    State Sup. Ct. Attorney:  Michael R. Watson, Esq.
     
    Other Agencies/Organizations
    Public Defender:  Bethwel O'Sonis, Esq.
    MLSC, Directing Attorney:  Deren Konman, Esq.
    MLSC, Staff Attorneys:
          Michael Marco
          Pastor Suzuki
          Fanes Meika
          Jane Iwo
    Public Auditor:  [Vacant]
    Senior Land Commissioner:  K. M. Mailo

        For more visitor information on Chuuk visit the Chuuk page on the FSM Visitors Board web site.