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HMCI to Get New Boss

Director Designate, Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) McCleary Frederick.

A new director for Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) has been named. Deputy Director for Mitigation, McCleary Frederick, will take over from current post-holder Dr Barbara Carby on 14 August, when her contract expires.

Mr Frederick joined the Portfolio of Internal & External Affairs in 2005 as Deputy Director (Designate) of a proposed national emergency management agency. He had previously served as the Planning Department's Chief Building Control Officer.

He assumes his new position as a result of a development process implemented with the launch of HMCI in January 2007: "We committed to finding an experienced emergency manager to get the agency started and to assist Mr Frederick in his career change. We were very fortunate to attract a regionally and internationally renowned individual in Dr Barbara Carby and are indeed grateful for the contribution she has made," said Deputy Chief Secretary and Chief Officer of Internal and External Affairs, Donovan Ebanks.

Mr. Frederick has gained extensive experience over the past few years, including an attachment with the Florida State Department of Emergency Management.

Mr. Ebanks is confident that Mr Frederick's appointment is in Cayman's best interests: "In the past few years he has proven himself an excellent emergency manager. He performed especially well during the relief and recovery efforts in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman following Hurricane Paloma. I am delighted to be able to appoint him as the next Director," he said.

For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver