On Wednesday, December 28, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) honored and retired three long serving employees of the bank at a special honoring program at the Bella Casa Hotel in Sinkor, Monrovia.
The honorees, Mrs. D. Sheba Brown, Mr. Richard Dorley and Mr. Joseph C.N. Howard, served the bank in various capacities for 30, 28 and 10 years, respectively.
After several speeches by bank executives, including Executive Governor Milton A. Weeks, the honorees were given the privilege to say a few words, including highlights of their times at the CBL.
Upon graduation, Richard Dorley was hired by the Government of Liberia as Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Planning. After two years, he was posted to the CBL, where he worked for the next 28 years.
“I am happy and honored for what the CBL is doing for me. I have actively worked for the CBL for 28 years and been to many honoring programs. I know that the management and Board see me as an asset,” he said.
After thanking the Board, Governor and staff, Dorley said that he will be available for the bank to call him on any matter. Though he is physically leaving the bank, he said he will always be a part of it.
During her speech, D. Sheba Brown, commonly referred to as the Queen of CBL, thanked and acknowledged all present, including her husband, the Board, management, staff, bank and government officials. She said that although the event would be the last time she would speak to the bank as Director of Operations, she is nonetheless grateful for the imparted skills and life lessons learned during her 30 years serving under 11 Executive Governors.
“The CBL is underpinned by a Board that gives all its expertise to management. I value the lessons learned; they have been a significant learning curve,” she said.
Brown added that she learned a great deal at the bank, especially the value of a positive and enthusiastic group of workers. “It takes a very special group of people to commit to work even when the going gets tough. A happy individual is one who chooses to be happy,” she added.
She said that she is proud of all the programs instituted during her time at the bank, especially the confidence of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for all the appointments of growth that she made possible.
For his part Joseph Howard thanked the management and Board for his time at the bank and appreciated his family for standing by him.