President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has named former Chief Justice Cllr. Henry Reed Cooper as Acting Mayor of Monrovia following the resignation of Madam Mary Broh. Cllr. Cooper served as Chief Justice during the transitional administration of businessman Charles Gyude Bryant.
Many Monrovia residents have described the appointment as a relegation for the former Chief Justice, who has now descended so low to accept the post of Acting Monrovia City Mayor.
According to the Executive Mansion, Cllr. Cooper has accepted the preferment after he was confronted by the President to act pending the naming of a new city mayor. President Sirleaf on Monday met with the Council of the Monrovia City Corporation to take certain decisions in light of the resignation, on Sunday, of Madam Mary T. Broh.
The Executive Mansion said the President asked Council Member Cllr. Henry Reed Cooper to hold on temporarily, until a new Acting Mayor is designated and the Council reconstituted. The President also endorsed the Council's recommendation for a continuation of the current Management Team of the City Hall.
Regarding the handling of the finances of the Monrovia City Corporation, President Sirleaf has decided that, with so much bilateral and multilateral funding from development partners to the MCC, and in the interest of transparency, a private sector financial controller would be contracted to provide temporary assistance in cash management and undertake an assessment of the overall management system.