Honorable James H. R. Cooper, Jr.
James H. R. Cooper, Jr. the younger of two children was born in Harper, Maryland County, Liberia and grew up with a number of cousins which outsiders or visitors were unable to differentiate. With twenty years of professional experience as Counselor-At-Law, he was called to national duty by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf early November 2008 to help contribute to the acceleration of her vision on public sector reform.
He is the second person to occupy the position of Assistant Minister for Administration following the inauguration of the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led government in 2006 at the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications, replacing Mr. Therry S. Genesis. Minister Cooper holds LLB degree from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia in 1973.
In 1969 he was awarded a certificate in Financial Analysis & Planning for Industrial Projects in Turin, Italy. In 1967, he earned a certificate in Specialized Training in Production Management in Accra, Ghana. Prior to enrolling at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, Minister Cooper did his undergraduate study in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Liberia where he earned a B.Sc. degree in 1965.
While at the University, James Cooper was selected following a competitive process, to represent the University of Liberia at Cornell University Centenary and presented a paper on the relationship between Cornell University and the University of Liberia, Ithaca, NY. He did his secondary education at Our Lady of Fatima High School in Harper, Mary Land County.
Minister Cooper brings with him vast experience and expertise both from the public and private sectors to help move the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications forward. The challenges facing the Ministry include capacity building, asset management as well as effectively providing policy direction for the growth and development of the Postal and Telecommunication sector. He began his career as Financial Analyst at the Liberian Development Corporation. He was responsible to review, analyze and develop financial document of the entity and perform that responsibility from 1969 to 1971.
He then commenced practicing his legal profession as Attorney-At-Law at the Dennis Law Firm. His primary task was to assist the Counselors in the representation of cases in courts. He was also responsible to prepare corporate documents and conduct interviews with clients. He also drafted briefs for cases.
He later served the Legislative Branch, assisting the Legal Counselor of the Senate in drafting Bills for enactment covering the period from 1974 to 1975.
He served Cubitts Liberia, Inc as on-site Administrative Manager. In that capacity, he supervised the construction of RIA terminal, the airport that served as transit point for dozens of flights within the West African sub-region from the seventies throughout the eighties. Following the completion of the terminal project, the company designated him to oversee the construction of the OAU Conference Center in Virginia to host the OAU conference of 1979.
He supervised 350 employees during the construction process.
James H. R. Cooper, Jr. became Director of the Bureau of Housing and Public Property at the General Services Agency from 1977 to 1980. In that capacity, he supervised about ten divisions of which the Executive Domestic Travel was a part. His office handled all domestic accommodations for the Executive Branch including the office of the President of the Republic of Liberia. Often times, he would collaborate with the office of the Superintendent in the various counties to conclude arrangements about the Presidentís travel concerning accommodation.
From 1980 to 1981 James Cooper served as the Credit Manager at the Agriculture & Cooperative Development Bank. His input in formulating policies and procedures to evaluate individuals and businesses to determine credit worthiness was essential to the success of the ACDB (Bank).
He became Assistant Legal Counsel for the National Port Authority (NPA) from 1981 to 1983. In that capacity he helped to safeguard the interest of the entity. He also helped make representations at the Circuit Courts as well as made representations on behalf of the entity at the Ministry of Labor regarding labor issues.
Based on the value his services added as Assistant Legal Counsel, the Management of NPA appointed him as Legal Counsel. He served in that capacity from 1983 to 1998. His duties included advising the Board and Management on all legal matters, represented the NPA at hearings both at the Circuit and the Supreme Courts. One of the famous cases he settled was the case NPA vs. ALICO valued at US$2.5million dollars. Teaming up with two major law firms in NY and DC, a settlement was reached and workers were able to receive their insurance benefits.
Minister Cooper is a Senior Legal Executive who in the last ten years provided in-house legal assistance and prepared numerous legal documents for clients. His appointment at the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications is expected to enhance additional value in fostering a system that is people-centered and responsive to the need of the public.