Gbarnga Gets New Mayor

GBARNGA, Bong – Viola N. Cooper, superintendent of the Bong chapter of the Liberia Marketing Association, has been appointed mayor of Gbarnga.

According to the Executive Mansion, Cooper was selected by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf along with several other officials of the government.

Her appointment follows Sirleaf’s recent dismissal of Josiah Marvin Cole, the former mayor of Gbarnga.

It was rumored that three other names had been recommended to the president by Bong authorities: Stephen J. Mulbah, Jr., Gallah Varpliah, and Samuel Elliot.

Sirleaf’s appointments affected the Ministries of Finance, Information, Agriculture, Internal Affairs, as well as the Land Authority, Small Arms and Anti-Corruption Commissions. They are subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate when applicable.

Featured photo by Moses Bailey

Moses Bailey

Moses started his journalism career in 2010 as a reporter at Radio Gbarnga. In 2011, the Press Union of Liberia recognized him as the Human Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2017, he was the Development Reporter of the Year. He is also an Internews Health Journalism Fellow. Moses is also the regional coordinator for NAYMOTE-Liberia, an organization working with youth to promote democratic governance.

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