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Deputy Governor to Retire

Deputy Governor, Hon. Donovan Ebanks, MBE.

His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Duncan Taylor, CBE, has announced the impending retirement of Mr. Donovan Ebanks, the Deputy Governor and Head of the Civil Service.

Mr. Ebanks will retire in the first quarter of 2012 on reaching retirement age.

Mr. Ebanks has had a long and distinguished public service career, joining the Public Works Department in 1975. At the young age of 30 he was promoted to Chief Engineer and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Chief Secretary in 1994. In 2009 he became the islands' first Deputy Governor.

In the mid nineties, as Deputy Chief Secretary, Mr. Ebanks 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 led a number of salary and pension initiatives and was instrumental in the review of immigration laws and procedures.

Mr. Ebanks has been a member of the former National Hurricane Committee (now the National Hazard Management Council) 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 also in operational control before, during and after this catastrophic event in Caymans history.

More recently Mr. Ebanks, as Deputy Governor, has spearheaded the Review of Public Services which has identified substantial savings in government expenditure. Mr. Ebanks has also been instrumental in implementing the new Cayman Islands Constitution and is leading the process for implementing the Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities.

In 1994 he was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen during her visit to the Cayman Islands.

His Excellency the Governor, on receiving notice of Mr. Ebanks' retirement stated that he was sorry to see him leave the public service as his local knowledge, experience and advice had been invaluable to him since he had taken over as governor in January 2010. He wished Mr. Ebanks a well-earned, long and happy retirement.

An open recruitment process will be undertaken in August/September 2011 to choose his successor.