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Report Made on Registrar Appointment

The recent recruitment of a Registrar of Lands was “fundamentally robust, well-documented” and in compliance with requirements of the Public Sector Management Law (PSML) says a report by human resources (HR) auditors.

Following concerns over the appointment that were raised in Finance Committee in mid-October 2013, the Deputy Governor as head of the Civil Service  commissioned the Government’s HR audit team to assess the integrity of the process. As part of their investigation auditors undertook discussions with the Chief Officer for the agency, other members of the interview panel, the head of department, existing staff, and the successful candidate. They also reviewed the documentation generated by the process.

The resulting report concludes that no attempt was made to ensure the success of any particular individual. It also notes that previously evaluated job descriptions (as far back as 2002) had stated a preference for a law degree, and also required membership in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The Deputy Governor is quoted as saying that, “given the proven track record of promoting and employing Caymanians, I am pleased but not surprised by the outcome of the Audit Report. I accept that the filling of this Post, which was previously held by a Caymanian, with a non-Caymanian signals that we must do a better job with Succession Planning.  To this end, in August 2013 I instructed Chief Officers to ensure that there was a Succession Plan in place for all key posts in the Civil Service.  I also accept that the move away from promoting Civil Servants based on tenure alone and focusing on raising the performance of the Civil Service by holding people accountable for their performance, by providing existing Civil Servants with opportunities to up-skill themselves and by promoting and recruiting highly qualified people in the Civil Service will cause some discontent amongst the Civil Service. However, I remain committed to developing a world class Civil Service that supports the Elected Government and provides excellent service to the people of the Cayman Islands.”

HR Audit review of “Registrar of Lands” recruitment
Report Date: October 30th 2013.

HR Audit review of “Registrar of Lands” recruitment
UPDATE NOTE incorporating MANAGEMENT RESPONSE
Report Date: December 24th 2013

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For further information contact: Suzette Ebanks



HR Audit review of “Registrar of Lands” recruitment
Report Date: October 30th 2013.
HR Audit review of “Registrar of Lands” recruitment

UPDATE NOTE incorporating MANAGEMENT RESPONSE
Report Date: December 24th 2013