Auditor General Swarbrick resigns

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.

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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. 


Cayman Islands Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick has resigned.
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  1. A sad day for the Cayman Islands.
    It is tempting to think that he was forced out, but somehow, despite the difficulties placed in his path, I don’t think he was the kind of person that would give in to that pressure. Sadly though, I guess however good a job he does, it must seem like trying to push a rock up hill, the rock doesn’t naturally want what you are offering, because in this case the rock, or Ministers would prefer people not to know the truths you are telling.
    I do hope that we can find someone as good, but he will be a hard act to follow, we surely need these facts to be told!

  2. I doubt he was directly forced out, but the powers that be always have ways of making someone feel unwelcome which makes them want to leave. In this case it’s likely that he just got tired of putting so much hard work into reports and audits that just get ignored and shelved.

  3. The OECD job is a significant promotion, no doubt for services to the FCO and the Governor. Mr Swarbrick did the job he was contracted to do and, in standard UK civil service tradition, has been promoted. He will no doubt feature in a future New Year honours list. Do not try and equate this with what happened to Dan Duguay.