Experience and knowledge are two of the many qualities Rupert Vasquez will bring to his new position as chief surveyor.
The position is a senior management role in the Lands and Survey department, the country’s Land Registry, Survey, Valuation and Geographical Information Services department.
Although Mr. Vasquez has been the acting chief surveyor for the past year, he was officially named chief surveyor after his admittance to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in December 2007.
Minister of District Administration, Planning, Agriculture and Housing, who is responsible for the Lands and Survey department Kurt Tibbetts and Permanent Secretary for the Ministry, Kearney Gomez ,welcomed Mr. Vasquez to his new position.
Mr. Gomez said: ‘Rupert’s many years of dedicated service and strong belief in self improvement has now paid off in his appointment as the first Caymanian chief surveyor. We have every confidence in Rupert and expect to see the survey department grow from strength to strength under his stewardship.’
Mr. Vasquez began his career as a surveyor in Belize where for five years his office was the jungle. ‘Belize gave me valuable field experience and many great memories including extensive camping in makeshift ‘tents’ and walking at times five to ten miles to remote sites, as there were no roads in some areas.’
In 1982 Mr. Vasquez moved with his family to the Cayman Islands to begin his 25-year career with the Lands and Survey Department.