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Heads of the Civil Service

Chief Secretaries/Administrative Secretaries/Deputy Governors and their Milestones

Hon. Desmond Watler CBE, JP  (1971- 1976)

  • 39 years in the Service
  • First Chief Secretary was formerly Deputy Administrator
  • 1971 – Need to increase the service to keep up with the development in the private sector.
  • 556 permanent pensionable posts in the service including teachers.
  • Increase in salaries to attract better qualified staff
  • 1975 – Training made available through the UNDP and the British Technical Aid and Development Division
  • 1976 - Civil Service Review conducted

Hon. Dennis Foster CVO, CBE (1976-1986)

  • 36 years of service
  • 1977 – New Administrative Personnel Regulations introduced.
  • 775 civil servants in the Service
  • 1978 – Re-grading exercise carried out
  • 1980 – Report on salaries and grading commissioned in addition to a survey on manpower and the organisational establishment of departments.
  • 1981 – 1,129 established posts
  • 1982 – UK Representative established under the Chief Secretary.
    • 1357 established posts in the civil service.
    • $500,000 contributed to the Falkland’s Islands Crisis
  • 1983 – First Royal Visit by Monarch.
    • Salary review undertaken
  • 1984 – Personnel Training Unit established.

Hon. Lemuel Hurlston CVO, MBE, JP (1986-1993)

  • 26 years of service
  • Post title changed to Administrative Secretary
  • 1986 – 1435 established posts
  • 1987 – General Orders introduced
    •  salary review completed
  • 1988 – 1784 established posts
  • 1989 – UNDP Management Training Seminar conducted for 220 civil servants.
    • Salary review undertaken
  • 1990 – Management Services Unit established
  • 1992 – Title of Chief Secretary re-introduced.
    • Hay Job evaluation system introduced.
    • Orientation programme for new civil servants
  • 1993 – New performance appraisal system introduced.
    • Tent City opened.

Hon. James Ryan CBE, JP (1994-2004)

  • 39 years of service
  • 1994 – Second Royal visit.
    • University of Miami MBA programme established.
    • 5th Ministry created.
    • 2096 established posts
  • 1995 – Job evaluation exercise completed.
    •  New individual appraisal system starts
  • 1996 - Government Re-invention introduced
    • . Review of the Civil Service
  • 1997 – Civil Service General Orders re-launched
  • 1999 – HRIRIS introduced.
    • 2813 posts established.
    • Memorandum of Understanding with Cuban Government signed
  • 2000 – CIPD programme starts
  • 2001 – New Performance Management introduced
  • 2002 – General Orders
  • 2003 – Public Finance and Management Law drafted
  • 2004 – Hurricane Ivan

Hon. George McCarthy OBE, JP (2004-2009)

  • 35 years of service
  • 2004/05 – Civil Service Reform.
    • Public Service Management Law (PMSL) passed
    •  Portfolio of the Civil Service/ Civil Service Appeals Commission created.
    •  Quincentennial Celebrations.
    • Cayman Prepared website launched
  • 2007 – Civil Service College opened
    •  The Governor’s Five Star Award for Customer (Service) Excellence (F.A.C.E.) was launched.
    •  Hazard Management Cayman Islands formed.
    • Public Service Management Law introduced
  • 2008- Retroactive 3.2% cost of living increase given to civil servants
  • 2009 - Government agencies to have in place disaster response and continuity of operations plans

Hon. Donovan Ebanks MBE, JP (2009-2012)

  • 36 years of service
  • 2009 - First Deputy Governor
    • Hurricane Paloma,
    • Reviews of the Public Service (Phase1-3)
    •  Implementation of the new bodies established under new Constitution.
    • Hazard Management Planning strengthened
  • 2010 - National CCTV programme started
  • 2011 – Prepared Government for implementation of the Bill of Rights
    • Developed Crime Reduction Strategy.
    • Commissions Secretariat established

Hon. Franz Manderson Cert Hon JP (2012-Present)

  • 2012 Introduced assessment centres for recruitment of senior civil servants
    • 3.2% cost of living increase withdrawn
    • Orientation for new civil servants
    • Introduced Deputy Governors Award
    • Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles for civil servants
    • Launched Face-book
    • Review of Public Services Phase 4
    • Moratorium on Recruitment
    • Chairman of the Budget Delivery Committee
    • Procurement Review
    • Bill of Rights Training 5,300 public servants
    • 800 uniform Officers trained in human rights
  • 2013 Rationalisation Review

Last Updated: 2013-10-10