Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick resigned on Tuesday after five years as one of the Cayman Islands independent government watchdogs, according to a statement from the Governor’s Office.
Mr. Swarbrick will join the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as a senior policy adviser.
The resignation leaves Cayman without permanent heads on the Complaints Commission, the Information Commissioner’s Office and now the Auditor General’s Office.
In the release, Governor Helen Kilpatrick said, “Alistair Swarbrick has served the Cayman Islands with professionalism and integrity since his appointment in 2010. During this period, the work of the Auditor General and his office has helped the civil service and other government entities to deliver major improvements in financial reporting.”
Mr. Swarbrick took up the role of auditor general in July 2010.
Quoted in the statement from the governor, he said, “At times there have been challenges, and no doubt there will continue to be many more for my successor, but hopefully I leave behind an office that is better placed to deal with them, which can support and encourage the public service to continuously improve.”
The Governor’s Office says it has already begun a recruitment process for a replacement for Mr. Swarbrick, whose successor will be chosen in an open competition.
For more on this story, see Thursday’s Cayman Compass.