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Cayman Islands Government

New Chief Secretary Named

Mr. Donovan Ebanks, the new Chief Secretary

His Excellency the Governor, Stuart Jack has appointed Mr. Donovan Ebanks, Chief Secretary and Head of the Civil Service and he will take up the position on the 1st July 2009 on the retirement of Mr. George McCarthy.

Mr. Ebanks was recruited after an open recruitment process was undertaken. Three candidates applied and two excellent candidates were chosen to be interviewed. His Excellency the Governor Stuart Jack chaired a recruitment panel of the existing Chief Secretary, Mr. George McCarthy, and two private sector individuals, namely Sharon Roulstone, a prominent lawyer, and Mr. Colin Ross, a retired civil servant and former Deputy Head of the Civil Service.

Mr. Ebanks has a long and distinguished public service career, joining the Public Works Department in 1975, rising to Chief Engineer in 1983, and was then promoted to Deputy Chief Secretary in 1994.

In the mid nineties he co-led the reform initiative, which was named "Reinvention of the Public Service", which transitioned into the financial management initiative and the personnel reforms.

During his time as Deputy Chief Secretary he has had a leading role in a number of salary and pension initiatives and been instrumental in the review of immigration laws and procedures.

Mr. Ebanks has been a member of the National Hurricane Committee since its inception in the mid eighties and chaired the committee on many occasions. At the time of Hurricane Ivan, Mr. Ebanks not only chaired the National Hurricane Committee, but was in operational control before, during, and after this catastrophic event in Cayman's history.

Mr. Jack commented, "I am delighted to have such an able and experienced person to be the next Chief Secretary and Head of the Civil Service to lead the civil service through the difficult economic times ahead."

Mr. Jack acknowledged the sterling work of Mr. McCarthy as Financial Secretary and Chief Secretary in the significant changes he had brought about in the culture of the civil service primarily in the areas of financial and human resource management.