Soon to be former President Jammeh has dealt a heavy blow to our institutions, setting them back decades of years. President Elect Barrow and his team will have a lot of work in front of them to bring our institutions back to respectability. Today, I would like to focus on the Office of the President, and what I consider to be one of the most important positions to fill by President Elect Barrow.
Names are being floated for the various cabinet positions, from Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Attorney General, to Secretary to the cabinet. These are all very important positions to fill, but there is one position that is not being mentioned but deserves just as much attention, the position of Chief of Staff/Aide-De-Camp to the President.
With President Elect Barrow’s relative lack of experience, he will need a very strong, experienced, and most importantly a Chief of Staff/bureaucrat who is able to manage the day-to-day operation of the President’s Office, and also help drive the Coalition’s Agenda. President-Elect Barrow will need someone that is very organized, and detail oriented, very innovative and understands new technology. This person will guide the president in his dealings with the strong personalities that will make up his cabinet, and also help the President work with a Parliament that is complete with APRC sympathizers. The President will also rely on the Chief of Staff to recruit and vet people to fill the remaining positions that make up the Office of the President. This person is also responsible for managing what makes it to the President’s Daily briefing list. From International Affairs to Domestic Affairs, the Chief of Staff must be someone who understands the complex world we live in. This is why I believe filling the post of Chief of Staff is one of the most important appointments the President-Elect will make.
Let the search begin.