New head for government vehicle services

The government has appointed a new director of the Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services.

Richard Simms officially took up the post on Jan. 1, although has been acting director of the department since January last year.

According to a statement released by government on Thursday, Mr. Simms is responsible for the management of the government’s fleet of some 900 vehicles – from mosquito foggers and surveying vehicles, to police Minister Kurt Tibbetts said, “We are excited to have new blood in the DVES and are confident in Mr. Simms’ abilities to run the department efficiently.”

As well as managing the vehicle fleet, the department, made up of 35 staff members, also manages the government fuelling facility, and monitors the distribution of some 320,000 imperial gallons annually, according to the statement.

Alan Jones, chief officer of the Ministry of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure, said Mr. Simms had been seconded to the DVES last year, when he was deputy director of the Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing.

Prior to joining DVDL in 2007, he spent 17 years in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. In 2000, he was awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation for excellent service and received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2005. His last RCIPS postings were as the area commander for West Bay, and then for George Town.

As DVDL deputy director, he was responsible for strategic management of all operational and licensing functions and staff.

His qualifications include a certificate in criminal justice and police management, from the University of Leicester, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the International College of the Cayman Islands.

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