Chief Secretary sort of retires

Tuesday will be Cayman Islands Chief Secretary George McCarthy’s last day on the job for a while.

But it has been revealed that the 15-year member of the Legislative Assembly won’t stay out of public service for too long.

Mr. McCarthy was identified Monday afternoon as the next chairman of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority board. Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush made the surprise announcement.

Precisely when he’ll take over that role is not clear. Mr. Bush said Mr. McCarthy would be taking some time off to be with his family.

‘But as soon as possible, he will be called upon,’ Mr. Bush told the Legislative Assembly. ‘It’s far too much that the country needs at this time for George McCarthy to go home and rest.’

‘Besides, I don’t really like this ’60 thing’ anyway,’ Mr. Bush joked, referring to the civil service rules that make 60 the mandatory retirement age.

Mr. McCarthy, 59, has been a member of the Legislative Assembly for 15 years as both financial secretary and chief secretary.

Mr. Bush congratulated the outgoing chief secretary for some 36 years in government service.

‘He has performed…like a master mariner, guiding the good ship Cayman through turbulent waters,’ Mr. Bush said. ‘He provided consistent service…and he played no politics.’

Mr. McCarthy, who at times could be seen tearing up during Mr. Bush’s speech, said he was honoured to serve in Cayman.

‘It has been a privilege and a joy for me to have served in this honourable house since April 1992,’ Mr. McCarthy said. ‘We are in a beautiful, beautiful country. Sometimes we take it for granted.’

‘Cayman is on a steady course, there’s a bit of turbulence at this time, but we will continue to ride it out until we get to calmer waters.’

Neither Mr. Bush nor Mr. McCarthy said when the chief secretary would assume the monetary authority post. Long time civil servant Donovan Ebanks will take over as Chief Secretary on Wednesday.

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