In the Dec. 8, 1965, edition of The Caymanian Weekly, a precursor to the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent A.B. Hunter had some prescient comments about Civil Service staffing. He wrote:
“It is high time that our legislators and the powers that be take stock of the serious dilemma which they will shortly face insofar as the Civil Service is concerned. For a few years now there has been an exodus from the Service both of senior officers and of young and promising men who have found the outside world more … lucrative. It is inevitable that the exodus will continue for there are yet several senior officers who have reached or will shortly reach the retiring age.
“In addition, with Government encouraging the introduction into the island of foreign capital and with it the attendant rise in commercial activity, government itself is faced with commercial competition. Consequently it will continue to lose young men to the commercial world. … It is therefore imperative that every effort be made now to make the service more attractive for young men and to train and give these young men the opportunities for promotion that they deserve when vacancies do exist or else we will find that the service will shortly be filled by expatriates.
“I fear the day is not far off when several more of the senior positions in our government will be manned by contracted officers from overseas. The situation can be remedied by resorting to the proverb ‘A stitch in time.’”