Mr. Ebanks will reach the mandatory retirement age for the Cayman Islands civil service, 60, early next year.
The deputy governor has often said that he would not seek to remain in public service beyond the normal retirement age.
During a November 2009 interview with the Caymanian Compass, Mr. Ebanks said he viewed his nomination as the country’s first deputy governor under the new Constitution as a “caretaker” position.
“I’ve always subscribed to the notion that one of my responsiblities is to try to ensure that there’s someone behind me who is ready to not only do my job, but who also could do it better than I could do it,” he said. “And I’m pleased with (Chief Officer) Franz (Manderson’s) development in that regard. Obviously, it isn’t for me to say he’ll be the next deputy governor…but he obviously heads up the field of candidates.”
Mr. Taylor said there would be an open recruitment process over the next two months to choose Mr. Ebanks’ successor.
Mr. Ebanks joined the Public Works Department in 1975. At age 30, he was promoted to chief engineer and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Chief Secretary in 1994.
In the mid nineties, as Deputy Chief Secretary, Mr. Ebanks led a reform initiative, which was named “Reinvention of the Public Service”, which transitioned into the financial management initiative and the personnel reforms.
During his time as Deputy Chief Secretary he led a number of salary and pension initiatives and was instrumental in the review of immigration laws and procedures.
Mr. Ebanks has been a member of the former National Hurricane Committee (now the National Hazard Management Council) since its inception in the mid-80s and chaired the committee on many occasions. At the time of Hurricane Ivan, Mr. Ebanks not only chaired the National Hurricane Committee, but was also in operational control before, during and after this catastrophic event in Caymans history.
More recently Mr. Ebanks, as Deputy Governor, has spearheaded the Review of Public Services which has identified substantial savings in government expenditure. Mr. Ebanks has also been instrumental in implementing the new Cayman Islands Constitution and is leading the process for implementing the Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities.
In 1994 he was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II during her visit to the Cayman Islands.
Mr. Taylor said he was sorry to see Mr. Ebanks leave the public service as his local knowledge, experience and advice had been invaluable to the governor since he arrived in January 2010.