Vice-president and Foreign Minister, Epsy Campbell, is being criticized for demanding the appointment of her longtime friend, Jeanneth Cooper Cooper, to an ambassadorship, despite not meeting the requirements. Cooper, besides being a friend, she is also an employee of the Foreign Ministry that is overseen by Campbell.
Jeanneth Cooper, a longtime friend of vice-president and chancellor Epsy Campbell
In addition, if the appointment is confirmed, Cooper’s base salary would be bumped from the current ¢753,875 colones monthly to ¢1,174,950 – a raise of ¢421,950 – as an ambassador.
On September 4, through memorandum DM-0429-2018, Campbell instructed the administrative assistant of the Foreign Ministry, Jorge Gutiérrez Espeleta, to appoint Cooper as ambassador appointed in the Internal Service of the Foreign Service, highlighted as ambassador itinerant for Africa.
To date, the