Governor’s contract extended to March 2018

Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick’s contract in Cayman has been extended for a further six months.

Ms. Kilpatrick, whose four-year term was due to end in September, will now be staying on until March 2018. She earlier received a one-year extension to her initial three-year contract.

“The extension was made at the request of the [U.K.] Foreign and Commonwealth Office for operational reasons,” according to a statement released Thursday.

It is understood that the extension is to allow the next Cayman Islands governor time to settle affairs before coming to the islands. The governor’s office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have not announced the new appointee’s name.

If Ms. Kilpatrick serves until the end of her term, the six-month extension will make her Cayman’s longest-serving governor since Alan J. Scott, who served for five years between 1987 and 1992.

The governor suffered a serious injury, including a punctured lung and fractured ribs during a fall at her home on Feb. 11. However, her office confirms she has recovered, and returned to work full-time earlier this month.

Ms. Kilpatrick officially began her tour as Cayman’s governor on Sept. 6, 2013. She is the Cayman Islands’ first female governor since the territory began appointing that position in 1971.