PAYE, Jackson J.

Deputy Minister for
Rural Development And Community Services
PAYE, Jackson J.


Hon. Jackson J. Paye is a result oriented Civil Engineer and Administrator who had served the Republic of Liberia in several prominent positions in the past and present governments. In 1981, then Captain Jackson J. Paye was promoted to Assistant Minister of Defense for Civil Works after serving one year as a Project Engineer (PrE) for the Gorlu - Bella Yella Road Project in Lofa County.


As Assistant Minister for Civil Works, then Capt. Paye's primary responsibilities included managing the entire Military Civil Works Bureau which comprised of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Engineering Battalion and Civilian Contractors who were working for the Ministry of Defense (MOD) on Military Housing and other projects. Some projects implemented during his tenure are: 1. The SKD Boulevard;2. The New MOD Complex (unfinished) in Congo Town; 3. The Ganta Harper Highway Project (abandoned due to lack of funding); 4. The Construction of over 250 miles of Laterite Farm to Market (Feeder Roads) Roads in Lofa, Bong, Grand Gedeh and Kru Coast Territory (now Grand Kru County); and 5. The Construction of modern Military Housing Units in all the major Military Barracks, and the headquarters of all the political subdivisions with military out posts. Some of these projects were a collaborative among the Ministries of Public Works, Rural Development and Community Services and Defense.


After five (5) years of service as Assistant Minister for Civil Works, Capt. Paye was promoted to Deputy Minister of Defense for Operations and also promoted to the military rank of Colonel. In this position, col. Paye had oversight responsibilities for the Bureau of Civil Works, Logistics, Security, and other functions as designated by the Minister of Defense.  Specifically Col. Paye was in charge of the day to day supervision of the MOD Complex construction and Co-Manager of the Ganta - Harper Highway Project among other responsibilities.


In early1990, after the outbreak of the Liberian Civil War, Col. Paye was appointed as Superintendent of Nimba County. As Chief Executive Officer of Liberia's second most populous County, Superintendent Paye skillfully mitigated the adverse effects of the war during its early stages.  This was done by using his interpersonal skills to engage in peace building. After the murder of Superintendent Paye’s parents in early 1990, he fled the country in May going first to Guinea, Sierra Leone, and subsequently to the United States of America where he sought refuge.


While in the United States of America, Mr. Paye worked for over fifteen years in a fast paced technical environment at LandMark Engineering and Survey Corporation, Tampa, FL. USA, as EIT (Engineer in Training), and subsequently as a project engineer (PrE) in charge of civil works design among others.


While working full time with LandMark Engineering, Mr. Paye along with his son founded JJP and Associates Design and Construction, LLC, a Florida Limited Liability Company. The company operated profitably for several years before Mr. Paye moved back to Liberia in 2011.


Upon returning home to Liberia 2011, Mr. Paye established and worked for three year as President/CEO of JJP and Associates Design and Construction, Liberia Inc.  The company had a turnover $400,000.00 United States dollars from March 2011 to May 2013. Some of our clients during this period include, Firestone Plantation Company for whom we build several workers' housing units and the Liberian National Coast Guard for whom we built and boat storage and workshop.


In May 2013, Mr. Paye was appointed Assistant Minister of Public Works in charge of Feeder Roads and Rural Housing, within the Department of Rural Development and Community Services. Along with his staff Mr. Paye provided oversight and supervises the construction of several kilo meters of Feeder Roads throughout Liberia and monitored Rural Housing Projects carried out by development partners.


On March 26, 2014, Mr. Paye was nominated by Her Excellency the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the Position Deputy Minister for Rural Development and Community Services, Ministry of Public Works, and was subsequently confirmed by the Liberian Senate. This is the position Mr. Paye currently occupies.



BS, Architectural Design & Construction Tech, Hillsborough College, Tampa, FL


BSc Civil Engineering, TJR Faulkner College of Science and Technology, University of Liberia


Graduate of US Army Engineering School in Fort Belvoir Virginia, USA


Graduate, Senior International Defense Management School at the Defense Resource Management Center (DERMAC), the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA, USA


Graduate with major in Architectural Drafting from the Booker Washington Agricultural and Industrial Institute, Kakata, Liberia


Graduate of the Tubman Military Academy, Camp Todee, Montserrado County, Liberia

Mr. Paye is married and blessed with several children and grandchildren.

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