Two New Chief Officers
Chief Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, the Hon. Donovan Ebanks, has appointed Ms. Jennifer Ahearn as Chief Officer, Ministry, Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture and Ms. Dorine Whittaker as Chief Officer in the Ministry of Community Affairs and Housing. Both took up their positions this Monday, 20 July 2009.
Twenty persons applied for the post, as part of an open recruitment process and four candidates were interviewed by a selection panel consisting of Mr. Donovan Ebanks, Chief Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, Mr. Peter Gough, Strategic Advisor and Mr. Nick Freeland from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mr. Ebanks said: "It is particularly pleasing to see these officers, and ladies, move up to these senior posts. Both have proved themselves admirably at the Deputy level and earned these advances. Their promotions will open up opportunities in the public service for other deserving persons."
Dorine Whittaker has a long and distinguished public service career spanning 23 years, and has served at ministry level for thirteen years, eleven of which was as Deputy Chief Officer. On returning from college she became a business studies teacher at the Cayman Islands High School/John Gray High School and a part-time lecturer at the Community College of the Cayman Islands (now known as the University College of the Cayman Islands), in addition she was head of House for five years.
Dorine became Head of Business Studies and served for four years in that capacity. Commenting on her appointment she said, "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to serve as Chief Officer and I would like to thank God, my family, friends and the many mentors I have been privileged to have had over the many years. I would especially like to thank Mr. Carson K. Ebanks, who was my Chief Officer and colleague for his mentoring over the last twelve years".
Jennifer Ahearn has worked in Government for over 12 years starting as a Planning Assistant; she was promoted to Assistant Director MRCU and then Deputy Chief Officer in the Ministry of District Administration, Planning, Agriculture and Housing.
On being appointed, she said "The Ministry's subject matters are diverse, but undoubtedly interconnected. I am looking forward to applying the knowledge and experience I have gained in the civil service to ensure that the ministry delivers the services needed in these challenging times, I would like to thank Mr. Kearney Gomez for mentoring me the past few years - being able to draw on his vast experience has been invaluable preparation for this position."