President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has written the Liberian Senate, nominating her son Charles Sirleaf as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), for his “second and last term.”
Mr. Sirleaf was appointed Interim Governor of CBL in 2016 after the resignation of Governor J. Mills Jones, who had completed his term as Governor and needed to do so to enable him to contest for the presidency in the upcoming elections.
In her letter read before the Senate plenary during its 15th day sitting yesterday, President Sirleaf informed the lawmakers that: “The Executive Committee of the Central Bank of Liberia has written me on behalf of the Board of Governors to request the reappointment of Mr. Charles Sirleaf as Deputy Governor for Operations.”
In keeping with that request, the president’s letter concluded: “I hereby nominate Mr. Charles Sirleaf for consideration of the Honorable Senate for the position of Deputy Governor for Operations of the Central Bank of Liberia. This would be Mr. Sirleaf’s second and last term.”
Mr. Sirleaf is an experienced banker, who joined the National Housing and Savings Bank in 1993 as vice-president and became president of the bank in 1998. Before that he worked in Namibia for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Sirleaf joined the CBL in January 2004 and served in various departments, including banking and finance. He was later named Deputy Governor for Operations.
However, August 2012, Charles Sirleaf along with 45 other government officials were suspended on orders of President Sirleaf for failure to declare their assets to the Anti-Corruption Commission.