The Civil Service Agency (CSA) has honored two of Liberia’s best performing public servants of the year 2017.
“The honoring of the civil servants and or public servants of the year is an annual event aimed at appreciating employees who performed above and beyond the call of duty.
This means for example, that the person helped to save taxpayers money, such as combating corruption, saving lives and acts that affected the lives of other colleagues and fellow employees or citizens at large during the year.
Civil servants who are honored must have demonstrated exceptional work ethics, performance, and efficiency beyond their normal work duties. There must be a compelling success story that leads to the nomination of a candidate” Mr. Othello K. Weh, Acting Director-General, Civil Service Agency said.
The CSA Acting Director-General noted that ministries and agencies of government are advised and requested to recognize civil servants who perform well in their routine assignments during the end of the year program.
“For this year, we received eight nominations from the General Services Agency, Liberia Institute of Public Administration, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and the Civil Service Agency.
Six of the stories described in their nominations were good but, they were routine job descriptions. Two of the nominees were qualified for recognition as the Civil Servants of the Year 2017. They include: Mr. Roland D. Kallon of the Civil Service Agency and Mr. John T. Davis of the Ministry of Justice.
Reason for the nominations
In December 2016, Mr. Roland Kallon uncovered a syndicate through which two staffs of the Civil Service Agency and 179 teachers who were on the supplemental payroll were involved in adjusting their salaries. Without any authorization, they increased 179 teachers’ salaries on the payroll.
According to the investigation, their action caused the Government of Liberia to lose US$228,331.20 in two fiscal periods. Some of those teachers who were high school graduates or C Certificat holders were raised to BSc salaries.
In recognition of Mr. Kallon’s work, the Civil Service Agency wishes to congratulate him for winning the title of the Civil Servant of the Year 2017. And as a token of appreciation, we present to him this of US$1,000.00 or its equivalent.
Mr. Roland D. Kallon is an I.T. Professional, born in Monrovia. He is married with a son. During his formative years, Roland became fascinated with computers and always harbored the ambition of working in a computer related environment.
He attained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU), in Monrovia, Liberia. In order to fulfill his long term aspiration, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Human University in the People’s Republic of China.
Mr. Kallon joined the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs in 2006 where he served as Administrative Assistant, providing computer related support to the Protocol Division. In 2009, he was hired by the Liberia Reconstruction Development Committee (LRDC) at the Ministry of Planning & Economic Affairs. In addition to holding the role as Program Technical Assistant, Roland served as Network Administrator and was instrumental in developing online content for the newsletter and monthly Pillar Briefs on the LRDC website.
In November 2014, Roland joined the Civil Service Agency as deputy director for Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS), a position he currently holds. He supervises a team that has worked diligently providing technical and functional support on the Civil Service Management System (CSM). He supports the payroll team in investigating and curtailing duplicitous activities on the payrolls of Ministries and Agencies of the Government of Liberia.
With the support of the Civil Service Agency, the long term goal for Mr. Kallon and team is to help the Government of Liberia manage the wage bill by ensuring the payroll of every Ministry and Agency is devoid of all misrepresentations and ghost employees.
For his part Mr. John T. Davies, despite the numerous challenges with the discharge of his duties, he is always willing to go into the streets and leeward counties to perform his functions; ensuring that Private Security firms are in compliance with the Government of Liberia’s policy in paying taxes for their security firms; generating government’s revenue without any form of logistics.
As an Inspector and Head of Private Security of the Division of Public Safety, he has made lots of improvements and achievements within the division, such as accountability of revenue generated (this has been put in place unlike his predecessors).
In 2013/2014, the amount of US$40,000.00 was generated; exceeding the projected budget of S$30,000.00. For Fiscal Year 2014/2015, Mr. Davies again exceeded the projected amount of US$40,000.00; he generated US$48,000.00. From July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, Mr. Davies continued to raise Government Revenue beyond expectations.
He exceeded the expected budget of US$50,000.00 and raised US$57,000.00. Currently, the proposed budget is US$60,000.00 and Mr. Davies has so far generated the amount of US$57,000.00, whilst the fiscal year has not come to an end.
With the lack of logistics (office equipment, vehicle, computers, etc,), the division is operating effectively and efficiently through Mr. Davies’ initiatives. In most instances, he uses his personal resources to get things done; especially in the increment of government’s revenue generation every fiscal year.
Based on these success stories and in recognition of Mr. Davies’ work, particularly in revenue generation; the Civil Service Agency is pleased to congratulate him for winning the title of the Civil Servant of the Year 2017. And as a token of appreciation, we present to him this of US$1,000.00 or its equivalent.
Mr. John T. Davies was born unto the union of Madam Lucinda Gittens and Mr. John T. Davies, Sr., on October 10, 1986 in Monrovia, Liberia. He began his primary education at the Calvary Baptist Church School in 1998, and later enrolled at the Williams V.S. Tubman Silver Jubilee Junior High School in Caldwell, where he completed secondary education in 2004.
In 2010, he graduated from the Liberia National Police Academy in police science with emphasis in correction counseling. He is a 2015 graduate of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Public Administration.
Since 2009, he started working as a correction officer at the Ministry of Justice. In 2011, he was transferred to the Division of Public Safety as an Inspector. He was later promoted in 2013 to the position of Chief of Private Security, the position he holds currently.
Reason for his nomination
Mr. John T. Davies is a hardworking, dedicated and long service employee at the Ministry of Justice Central Office. Since his employment, he has served in various capacities including: Correction Officer (Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation), Inspector (Division of Public Safety), and now Chief of Private Security.