Mrs. Bennett named deputy chief

A
new deputy chief immigration officer of administration has taken over the helm.

Mrs.
Samantha Bennett will provide managerial and administrative support in human
resources, training and customer service delivery.

Mrs.
Bennett’s responsibilities relate to different sections, from finance and the
filing registry, to the Passport and Corporate Services section. She will also
provide advice and guidance on the Immigration Law, policies and procedures. 

The
new DCIO will work closely the Boards and immigration stake holders to ensure
improved service delivery.

“I
will primarily support the department’s initiatives to enhance its
customer-focused and performance-driven services,” added Mrs. Bennett. The development
of efficient processes and effective working relationships among all
stakeholders are also high on her agenda.

“This
is a critical position and comes at an important juncture in the re-development
of our Immigration controls,” said Chief Immigration Officer Linda Evans.

She
added that Mrs. Bennett is an integral member of the management team, which
includes DCIO – Enforcement, Intelligence and Asylum Gary Wong; DCIO – Border
Control Bruce Smith; Sherryl Miller, director of Work Permits and Boards; and
Chris Eakin, director of Policy and Strategic Management.

Mrs.
Bennett holds an MSc in human resource management (merit) from the University
of Portsmouth.

For
the previous four years, she has been the chief human resources manager with
the Ministry of Finance, Tourism and Development. Her work experience includes
several years of exposure to the tourism, hospitality and the retail sectors.

Over
the years. Mrs. Bennett has lent her skills and time to developing professional
human resources agencies, including at the executive and strategic level and is
a founding member and past president of Cayman Islands Society of Human
Resources Professionals.

She
and her husband Irvin, have three children.

The
Department of Immigration is one of the most active government departments. It
has a staff complement of more than 170 officers and administrative staff.
Annually, they process over 90,000 clients, and handle over 40,000 telephone
enquiries. The department generates revenue exceeding $47 million annually and
has an operating budget of some $14 million.

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