United States Ambassador to Fiji

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Ambassador of the United States to Fiji
Department of state.svg
Seal of the United States Department of State
Ambassador Judith Beth Cefkin.jpg
Incumbent
Judith Beth Cefkin

since January 5, 2015
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Robert Woltz Skiff
as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
Formation November 1, 1971
Website U.S. Embassy - Suva

The United States Ambassador to Fiji is the official representative of the government of the United States to the government of Fiji. The ambassador is concurrently the ambassador to Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu, while resident in Suva, Fiji.

Ambassadors[edit]

U.S. diplomatic terms


Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

Appointed
The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.
  • Robert Woltz Skiff – Career FSO
    • Title: Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
    • Appointed: November 1, 1971
    • Presented credentials: Unknown
    • Terminated mission: Left post, November 1972
  • Kenneth Franzheim II – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: February 15, 1972
    • Presented credentials: May 22, 1972
    • Terminated mission: Left post, November 6, 1972
  • Armistead Inge Selden – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: March 1, 1974
    • Presented credentials: April 17, 1974
    • Terminated mission: Left post, April 10, 1978
  • John Peter Condon – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: March 2, 1978
    • Presented credentials: April 11, 1978
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 27, 1980
  • William Bodde – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: June 30, 1980
    • Presented credentials: August 12, 1980
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 15, 1981
  • Fred J. Eckert – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: February 11, 1982
    • Presented credentials: February 25, 1982
    • Terminated mission: Left post, May 7, 1984
  • Carl Edward Dillery – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: September 27, 1984
    • Presented credentials: November 1, 1984
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 15, 1987
  • Leonard Rochwarger – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: September 28, 1987
    • Presented credentials: March 11, 1988
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 31, 1989
  • Evelyn Irene Hoopes Teegan – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 10, 1989
    • Presented credentials: November 21, 1989
    • Terminated mission: Left post, March 5, 1993
  • Robert Woltz Skiff – Career FSO
    • Title: Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
    • Appointed: June 1995
    • Presented credentials: Unknown
    • Terminated mission: Left post, December 1995
  • Don Lee Gevirtz – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: December 19, 1995
    • Presented credentials: February 2, 1996
    • Terminated mission: Left post, September 28, 1997
  • M. Osman Siddique – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 9, 1999
    • Presented credentials: September 13, 1999
    • Terminated mission: Left post, June 30, 2001
  • Ronald Keith McMullen – Career FSO
    • Title: Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
    • Appointed: June 2001
    • Presented credentials: Unknown
    • Terminated mission: Left post, June 2002
  • Hugh M. Neighbor – Career FSO
    • Title: Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
    • Appointed: June 2002
    • Presented credentials: Unknown
    • Terminated mission: Left post, January 2003
  • David L. Lyon – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: November 15, 2002
    • Presented credentials: January 9, 2003
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 23, 2005
  • Larry Miles Dinger – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: June 27, 2005
    • Presented credentials: August 23, 2005
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 5, 2008
  • C. Steven McGann – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 6, 2008
    • Presented credentials: November 24, 2008
    • Terminated mission: Left post, October 13, 2011
  • Frankie A. Reed – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 13, 2011
    • Presented credentials: Unknown
    • Terminated mission: January 5, 2015
  • Judith Beth Cefkin – Career FSO
    • Confirmed: November 19, 2014
    • Appointed: January 5, 2015
    • Terminated mission: Incumbent

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