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House re-elects Chief Clerk, Sergeant-at-Arms 

By Bridgett Milton

The House of Representatives of the 55th Legislature has overwhelmingly re-elected its Chief Clerk Mildred Siryon for the 3rd term.

The House has also re-elected its Sergeant-at-Arms Martin Johnson for the 5th term, and also elected C. Cormicks Chea, replacing G. Sayfurh Geplay who died in October 2023.

The elections of the officials were held on Tuesday, 16 January 2024 during the 2nd sitting of the first quarter of the 55th  Legislature.

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The election for the Chief Clerk, Deputy Chief Clerk, and Sergeant-at-Arms came Tuesday, barely 24 hours after the House of Representatives elected its leadership on Monday, 15 January 2024.

Mildred hailed from Harper City, Maryland County. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration (BBA) and Master Degree in Public Administration (MPA) respectively from the University of Liberia.

Chief Clerk Siryon served as Junior Stenographer from 1997 to 2006 and also served as Deputy Chief Clerk from 2006 to 2010 in the 52nd Legislature.

Following the death of Chief Clerk Atty. James Kaba in 2010, Mildred Siryon was elected Chief Clerk to end the term of her predecessor.

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In 2012, 2018, and 2024 respectively, the Chief Clerk went unopposed and will be considered the longest-serving Chief Clerk in post-war Liberia.

Sergeant-at-Arms Johnson on Tuesday was elected for the 5th term unopposed following the withdrawal of Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms Morris Gibson, who maintained his position.

General Johnson has been Sergeant-at-Arms during the era of the Liberia National Transitional Government (LNTG). 

He is also the longest in his role.

Speaking to the media, Madam Siryon thanked members of the House of Representatives for imposing their trust in her. 

She said it is difficult to trust someone who you don’t know from anywhere, but members of the House of Representatives put their trust in her and for that, she’s very thankful to them.

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