Gov gives two-week notice

Cayman Islands Governor Stuart Jack told a group of local and international law enforcement professionals Monday that his contract would run out in two weeks.

‘This is probably the last occasion on which I will address an international group before my four-year term as governor finishes in two weeks time,’ Mr. Jack told a group of several dozen law enforcement representatives attending the week-long Interpol training conference at the Grand Marriott Resort.

‘The occasion (Monday) is a fitting one,’ he continued. ‘As governor, my most important responsibility is law and order.’

The two-week time-frame will put Governor Jack’s last day in office at 27 November.

Between the current governor’s departure and new governor’s arrival, expected in early January, there will be an approximate six-week window during which Cayman Islands Deputy Governor Donovan Ebanks will serve in the acting governor’s role.

Mr. Ebanks said that span of time is not particularly unusual when UK-appointed governors change over and that the deputy governor (formerly the chief secretary) routinely served as acting governor when a governor is off island.

‘Normally, at the end of governors’ tours, there’s a lengthy period between when a governor ends his tour and when the new governor comes in,’ Mr. Ebanks said.

The new governor, Duncan Taylor, is a career British diplomat.

Mr. Taylor has served most recently as the United Kingdom’s current High Commissioner for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean stationed in Bridgetown, Barbados where he has held the high commissioner’s position since 2005. The post covers Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. He has been with the UK’s Foreign Service for 27 years.

According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, political relations are the high commission’s responsibility.

“This department takes the leading role in promoting Britain’s national interests to host governments, ensuring that Britain’s views are represented to local government,” according to a statement on the FCO’s website. “This is to ensure that Britain and Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean can work as closely together as possible in pursuit of our common goals.”

Starting in 1982 as Desk Officer for the FCO in its West Africa Department, Mr. Taylor went on to become third and later second secretary of chancery in Havana from 1983-87. He was then named head of Japan section in the FCO’s Far East Department for two years.

Between 1989 and 1991, Mr. Taylor served in the FCO’s Personnel Operations Department. In 1992, he took over as head of the British Embassy’s commercial section in Budapest, Hungary, where he served for four years.

During 1996-1997, as Director of Latin American Affairs, he was seconded to Rolls Royce. From 1997-2000, Mr. Taylor served as Head of Consular Division for the FCO. Immediately prior to Mr Taylor’s current posting, he served as deputy consul-general and deputy head of post in New York from 2000-2005.

Mr Taylor is married to Marie-Beatrice “Bebe” Taylor and has three daughters and two sons.

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