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New Legislative Assembly Clerk

Mrs. Zena Merren-Chin.

Deputy Chief Secretary Mr. Franz Manderson has announced the appointment of Mrs. Zena Merren-Chin as Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands. Mrs. Merren-Chin took up her post on Monday, 3 August.

She replaces Ms Wendy Lauer, who retired last month as Clerk of Parliament.

For Mrs. Merren-Chin, the appointment comes as a crowning achievement in a career of service which began in 1986 when she enlisted as a constable in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS). Within four years, she was pursuing legal studies.

More than two decades later, Mrs. Merren-Chin has enjoyed a distinguished legal career, having served as an Appleby associate attorney since 1998. Her private sector experience ranged from litigation on employment, personal injury, debt collection and family law, to probate and administration applications.

She earned a bachelor of science in law enforcement and police science from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor of laws (LLB) degree from the University of Liverpool/Cayman Islands Law School.

Mrs. Merren-Chin also completed the Professional Practice Course from Queen's University of Belfast/Cayman Islands Law School.

Before joining Appleby, she served as Deputy Clerk of Courts. In that capacity she had responsibility for the Criminal Registry (Summary and Grand Courts), the Coroner's Court and the Juvenile and Youth Court.

Her connection to the courts system was forged while a Cayman Islands Law School student when she was articled to the Clerk of Courts, in addition to being seconded to other government departments.

Ever community-minded, Mrs. Merren-Chin currently maintains positions on several committees and boards, including the Legal Befrienders, the Immigration Status and Permanent Residence Board, the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre and the Civil Service Association's Co-operative Credit Union.

Commenting on her appointment, Mr. Manderson said, "I am delighted to welcome Mrs. Merren-Chin back to the civil service. She is uniquely qualified for this post and I wish her every success."

Mrs Merren-Chin said, "Being a part of the legislative process of this country is going to be an exciting chapter in my career. I am looking forward to all of the aspects of the position of Clerk of the LA."


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