United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone

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Ambassador of the United States to Sierra Leone
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Seal of the United States Department of State
Incumbent
John Hoover

since August 2, 2013
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Herbert Reiner
as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
Formation April 27, 1961
Website U.S. Embassy - Freetown

The United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone is the official representative of the government of the United States to the government of Sierra Leone.

Ambassadors[edit]

U.S. diplomatic terms


Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

Appointed
The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.
  • Herbert Reiner – Career FSO
    • Title: Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
    • Appointed: April 27, 1961
    • Presented credentials: N/A
    • Terminated mission: Left post, 1961
  • A. S. J. Carnahan – Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: May 11, 1961
    • Presented credentials: June 9, 1961
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 13, 1963
  • Andrew Vincent Corry - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: January 29, 1964
    • Presented credentials: February 25, 1964
    • Terminated mission: Left post, May 19, 1967
  • Robert Graham Miner - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: November 7, 1967
    • Presented credentials: December 7, 1967
    • Terminated mission: Left post, June 16, 1971
  • Clinton Louis Olson - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: June 27, 1972
    • Presented credentials: July 4, 1972
    • Terminated mission: Left post, November 11, 1974
  • Michael Anthony Samuels - Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: December 20, 1974
    • Presented credentials: February 14, 1975
    • Terminated mission: Left post, May 25, 1977
  • John Andrew Linehan - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: June 24, 1977
    • Presented credentials: August 30, 1977
    • Terminated mission: Left post, May 9, 1980
  • Theresa Ann Healy - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 27, 1980
    • Presented credentials: September 18, 1980
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 13, 1983
  • Arthur Winston Lewis - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: May 17, 1983
    • Presented credentials: August 17, 1983
    • Terminated mission: Left post, June 5, 1986
  • Cynthia Shepard Perry - Political appointee
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: June 16, 1986
    • Presented credentials: July 16, 1986
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 30, 1989
  • Johnny Young – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 10, 1989
    • Presented credentials: November 29, 1989
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 23, 1992
  • Lauralee M. Peters - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: June 15, 1992
    • Presented credentials: October 8, 1992
    • Terminated mission: Left post, July 6, 1995
  • John Lewis Hirsch - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 14, 1995
    • Presented credentials: September 13, 1995
    • Terminated mission: Left post, June 17, 1998
  • Joseph H. Melrose - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 22, 1998
    • Presented credentials: November 20, 1998
    • Terminated mission: Left post, September 10, 2001
  • Peter R. Chaveas - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: July 12, 2001
    • Presented credentials: October 12, 2001
    • Terminated mission: Left post, May 24, 2004
  • Thomas Neil Hull - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: May 12, 2004
    • Presented credentials: August 19, 2004
    • Terminated mission: Left post, August 27, 2007
  • June Carter Perry - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: July 7, 2007
    • Presented credentials: October 8, 2007
    • Terminated mission: Left post, 2010
  • Michael S. Owen – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 16, 2010
    • Presented credentials: Unknown
    • Terminated mission: Unknown
  • John Hoover - Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Nominated: July 9, 2013
    • Appointed: August 2, 2013
    • Presented credentials: Unknown
    • Terminanted Mission: Incumbent

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