Chief Information Officer Patricia Ebanks will retire Monday following 30 years of public service – 22 of which were spent with Government Information Services.
Acting Cabinet Secretary Tim Hubbell said that GIS’ Manager of Information and Public Affairs Mrs. Angela Piercy, has been named acting chief information officer.
He noted that Ms Ebanks is expected to take up a six-month consultancy to GIS, in order to assist with the transition and related matters.
‘Ms Ebanks has served government and by extension the public, with distinction,’ Mr Hubbell said. ‘She has used the breadth of her experience to help government effectively communicate both sensitive, as well as routine, matters to various audiences. And her dedication as a civil servant is practically legendary.
‘On behalf of government, I wish Ms Ebanks well with her endeavours, including her expected new responsibilities as consultant.’
Ms Ebanks said she has had a wonderful experience in all her roles with government, particularly her early years as a teacher and later as chief information officer. ‘It has been a wonderful learning experience, and I am very grateful to government for the opportunities afforded me,’ she remarked.
One of the highlights of her career, Ms Ebanks said, was being made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order by Queen Elizabeth, in recognition of the handling of press arrangements for HM’s 1994 visit to the Cayman Islands.
‘Leaving at this juncture allows me an opportunity to pursue some of my key interests at this time,’ Ms Ebanks noted, adding that MattSafe was high on her agenda.
‘I have, in the last few years, not been able to devote as much attention to MattSafe and I consider the matter of enhancing the safety of youth on our roads to be a matter of great urgency. Ultimately, I will return to my first love – teaching.’
Ms Ebanks was one of the founding members of MattSafe, an organisation dedicated to the safety of youth on the roads.
Mrs Piercy joined GIS as an information officer in 1998, following a career as a journalist and editor. Like Ms Ebanks, she has a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University, a top school in the US.
‘Mrs. Piercy has been an asset to GIS since she joined us, and she is well prepared for the role of acting chief information officer. I look forward to supporting her as she moves into this challenging, but rewarding, role,’ Ms Ebanks commented.
Reflecting upon her three decades of public service, she added, ‘It has been a privilege serving the government and the people of the Cayman Islands and I wish all my civil service colleagues and the government continued growth and success with the start of a new year.
‘I thank as well all my colleagues in the private-sector media, for their cooperation and ever-present goodwill.’