New auditor general arrives next week

Alastair Swarbrick, the new
auditor general of the Cayman Islands, will take up his new position on Monday,
12 July.

Mr. Swarbrick replaces Dan
Duguay, who was auditor general for six years before his contract ended in May.

The new auditor general, who is
from Scotland and will be accompanied by his wife and young son, was the former
assistant director of audit at Audit Scotland.

In an email to the Caymanian
Compass after it was announced he would be taking up the role as watchdog of
the Cayman Islands Government’s spending, Mr. Swarbrick said he subscribed to
the three principles of public audit, “which are the independence of public
auditors, the wider scope of the audit, and the ability of public auditors to report
the results of audits in public”.

His predecessor, Mr. Duguay, had
also applied for the position but his contract was not renewed. Since Mr.
Duguay’s departure in May, Deputy Auditor General Garnet Harrison was the
acting auditor general.

Mr. Duguay was subject to heavy
criticism from the government following some of his audits, including one in
which he described government accounts as being in disarray and “a national crisis”.
He had also been criticised for his close relationship with the media.

According to a government press
release issued Friday, Mr. Swarbrick will spend his first week on a
familiarisation programme, which will include meeting with Governor Duncan
Taylor, Premier McKeeva Bush, Deputy Governor Donovan Ebanks, chairman of the
Public Accounts Committee Ezzard Miller and Financial Secretary Kenneth

He will also call on senior
officials in the Ministry of Finance and meet colleagues in Internal Audit and
Human Resources Audit.

He will
also spend time with the Portfolio of the Civil Service to be briefed on personnel,
financial reforms and relevant laws and regulations.