The Cayman Islands Government appointed Ernie Scott as new District Commissioner for the Sister Islands.
Mr. Scott takes up his new post on 1 January 2007. His appointment follows the retirement of current District Commissioner Kenny Ryan on December 31, 2006.
Kearney Gomez, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of District Administration, Planning, Agriculture and Housing, spoke about Mr. Scott’s qualifications.
‘Mr. Scott has a long career with District Administration and has proven that he is a highly capable manager who continually challenges himself and expands his educational horizons,’ he said.
A familiar figure in the Sister Islands, Mr. Scott has served over 33 years in the civil service, including the past seven years as the Deputy District Commissioner.
Mr. Scott holds post graduate qualifications in public administration, public policy and management, professional and personnel management. He will also complete his master’s degree in human resource management before assuming his new role in January.
Mr. Scott said his experience and training has prepared him for the challenges of the role of District Commissioner.
‘District Administration is the hub of the Cayman Island Government’s operations in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman,’ he said. ‘The District Commissioner helps ensure that the Sister Island’s infrastructure is maintained and government departments operate smoothly.
‘In a large part this office is responsible for the well-being of the people of the Sister Islands since essential services must run efficiently to ensure public safety and otherwise serve the public interest.’
The District Commissioner is a senior management post that oversees the day-to-day operations of nearly all the government services in the Sister Islands.
Mr. Scott will operate out of the District Administration offices in Stake Bay, Cayman Brac and oversees several government departments and agencies including customs, immigration, treasury, vehicle licensing, public works, museum, child daycare, district office in Little Cayman, IT services, and marketing and promotions.
In undertaking his duties, Mr. Scott will also liaise with the education department, children and family services, planning, MRCU, agriculture and emergency services – RCIPS, Fire Service, and the various statutory authorities.
Mr. Scott began his career in the civil service as a clerical officer attached to the Customs Department upon graduation from Cayman Brac High School in June 1973. In 1978 he began work in Customs where he rose in the ranks and became deputy collector of Customs in 1986.
Outside of his regular work duties, Mr. Scott has been an active member of the community; he is a justice of the peace, a charter member of the Lions Club of Cayman Brac and an active member of the Crossroad Baptist Church. Mr. Scott has also served his community as executive secretary to the Development Control Board and Liquor Licensing Board for 12 years; chairman of the Development Control Board for the Sister Islands; and he has been a member of the Central Planning Authority.
He was also deputy supervisor of Elections for the Sister Islands in August 2004.