Four young Caymanians – Ms Leanna Rivers, Ms Melissa Bernard, Mr. Troy Jacob and Mr. Perry Powell – will help the Ministry of Communications, Works and Infrastructure as it continues to take care of government’s business.
Ms Rivers has been appointed as executive officer II; Ms Bernard, financial administrator; Mr. Jacob, administrative officer I; and Mr. Powell, deputy chief officer, policy and planning.
Ms Rivers, who joined the ministry on 5 March, will be the first point of contact at the ministry for many. In addition to receptionist responsibilities, she assists the public with general queries, and senior staff with various projects. She also maintains an accurate and up-to-date filing system; ensures that office equipment is serviced and supplies fully stocked; and assists with various accounting tasks, states a press release.
Ms Bernard, who joined the ministry’s finance unit on 18 April, assists the ministry’s chief financial officer and his deputy by processing daily accounts payables and receivables; monitoring budgetary compliance of the ministry’s departments; and preparing budgets, reports and financial statements.
With a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of South Florida, Mr. Jacob joined the ministry on 2 April as administrative officer I. He says he goes to work every day with the feeling that he’s working with old friends, and that he loves a challenge.
‘I like that about this job,’ Mr. Jacob said. ‘I’m always compelled to think of new ideas and ways of getting the job done.’
His responsibilities as administrative officer include assisting the deputy chief officer, policy and planning with policy-formation research, strategies and programmes; monitoring and investigating current developments and policy implementation; and coordinating the preparation of Cabinet submissions with specific responsibility for road gazettals.
Mr. Powell, formerly the deputy director for the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing, was appointed deputy chief officer, policy and planning on 1 April.
His responsibilities include research, analysis and preparation of Cabinet submissions; liaison with, and support of, ministry departments with regard to policy implementation; and provision of coordinated and integrated policy advice to the chief officer and minister.
In his new role, he hopes to continue developing his strategic management and policy formation skills. He also wants to use his operational and project management abilities to assist the ministry in achieving its objectives.