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Cayman Islands Government

Auditor General Post Accepted

His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Duncan Taylor, CBE.

His Excellency the Governor, Duncan Taylor, has carried out a recruitment exercise for the position of Auditor General.

An open recruitment process was undertaken, and the post was advertised in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean and locally, on internet web sites and in newspapers. The current Auditor General, Mr. Dan Duguay, who had completed two three-year terms, was also invited to bid for the position.

Fifty-eight applications were received from 23 different countries, including two from Caymanians.

Following an initial short-listing process which considered the essential requirements specified in the job description (professional qualification; post-qualification audit; management experience, and experience of value for money and public sector auditing), the Governor reviewed the eight strongest applications and résumés, as well as those of the two Caymanian applicants, and selected a final list of four candidates to be interviewed. This included the incumbent, Mr. Duguay.

The Governor invited Pastor Winston Rose, former Public Service Commissioner and Manager, Personnel and Administration at Cable and Wireless; and Mr. Dan Scott, Regional Managing Partner of Ernst and Young, to join him on the recruitment interview panel. He chaired the panel interviews which took place on 9 April. The panel was clear from the outset that the selection would be based purely on the applications and performance of candidates at interview.

Each candidate was invited to make a 10-15 minute presentation to the panel on the challenges the public service worldwide is likely to face over the next 10 years and how a national audit office might adapt to these challenges. In addition, the panel asked a range of questions covering leadership, performance management, human resources, financial management, auditing and the role of an Auditor General. The same questions were asked of all candidates with each interview lasting approximately one hour.

Following the interviews, the recruitment panel was unanimous in its view that one candidate from outside the Cayman Islands was clearly the strongest. As a result, the Governor has offered the position to this candidate who has accepted. The name of the successful candidate will be released as soon as contractual formalities are finalized, hopefully during the course of next week.

It is expected that the new Auditor General will take up the position in July and that Mr. Garnet Harrison, Deputy Auditor General, will act as Auditor General during the gap between Mr. Duguay's departure and the new Auditor General's arrival.

His Excellency the Governor is grateful to Mr. Duguay for all his hard work over the last six years and wishes him well for the future.