Rose gets top cabinet job

| 20/12/2012

Samuel Rose (230x300).jpg(CNS): Samuel Rose has been appointed as the government’s new cabinet secretary and chief officer of the Cabinet Office to replace Orrett Connor, who retires in February next year. Rose was appointed following an open recruitment process in which twenty-six people applied for the position. Five were shortlisted and assessed before the four best candidates were chosen for interview. Governor Duncan Taylor said the role of cabinet secretary was established under the constitution and is critical to ensure policy coordination across the whole of government. 

“I am delighted that we have a person of Mr Rose’s calibre to be the next Cabinet Secretary. He is a respected individual both within and outside the civil service. I am confident that he has the ability to be an outstanding cabinet secretary,” he added.

Rose’s road to the post involved on-line tests that assessed cognitive ability, emotional intelligence and learning agility. Also the interview candidates undertook a written examination, which consisted of three separate scenarios that had to be completed in a defined period; these tasks reflected what would actually be expected of the Cabinet Secretary.

The applicants then appeared in front of a panel and were asked to deliver a speech which they had prepared previously. They were then interviewed by the panel consisting of Deputy Governor Franz Manderson,  who chaired the interview; Regional Managing Partner of Ernst and Young Dan Scott, who is also chair of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission and a member of the National Security Council; Brigitte Kirkconnell-Shaughness, Proprietor and Operator of Kirks Home Centre and a member of the National Security Council; and Peter Gough, Strategic Advisor to the Deputy Governor.

Rose, who is still only 34-years-old, has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Since 2003, he has worked as a Graduate Research Analyst, a Policy Analyst, a Deputy Permanent Secretary and his current post is Deputy Chief Officer (Financial Services). 

He is also a Licensed Social Worker and has recently completed a United Nations course in Public Diplomacy and is on the Board of Governors of the University College of the Cayman Islands. He is a Member of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Task Force and also Member of the International Tax Cooperation Team.

Rose is also a talented musician was has played violin in the local kitchen Band Swanky for several years.

The deputy governor said he was pleased to have Rose as part of the management Team.

“As cabinet secretary he will ensure that the government’s policy framework is cohesive and coordinated,” he said. “In addition, as the chief officer responsible for Information Technology and Government Information Services, I will be expecting him to champion a fresh impetus towards a more ‘digital’ government that delivers services more effectively to our customers and to promote the use of social media to communicate with our citizens.”

Rose said he was humbled by the opportunity to serve his country and was ready for the challenge of the new position.  “I will work faithfully alongside the excellent team of individuals within the Cabinet Office and its departments to make a difference both in the public service and in the wider community,” he said.

The governor also thanked Orrett Connor, who will be retiring as cabinet secretary in early February, for his long service and for the support and friendship he has shown to him over the past three years.

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  1. Kenneth Bryan says:

    So proud of you my friend. I know you will do this country right. My God guide and bless you through your work for the people.

  2. Pat says:

    Congratulations cuz….You stand on integrity and I am certain your decisions and actions will also be based on

  3. Anonymous says:

    I hope this hire was on a substantially lower salary the his predecessor.

  4. Anonymous says:

    We need to look into cloning Mr Rose and getting them all into government!  Unshakeable integrity and high intelligence should be the basic entry requirements for public life. Congratulations!

    • Anonymous says:

      My comment above was written with the highest respect for Mr Rose, so if the thumbs-downers felt it was negative, then I obviously worded it badly. My point was that Cayman could do with more people like Mr Rose, in light of the recent government troubles.

  5. duken campbell says:

    i am glad to say that i am proud of you my brother in crist god bless you love all ways say hi to your dad for me bro campbell &family

  6. Kennedy says:

    Congrats cuz you deserve it and wishing you great success in your new role.

  7. M says:

    Samuel, I know you way back Bodden Town days. May God bless you and keep you. And please keep your integrity. I know your father, a minister must be proud.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Congrats my friend Samuel, a man of integrity and strong values. Very well deserved!! 

    To 14DRD: pleasego away with your cynical comment. You don't know the man, so stop trying to diminish his personal achievement by framing it in the big picture. 

  9. Anynomous says:

    Bro Samuel there are no words to express my happiness on this achievement.  If there is one man who deserve this is you.   You are fine gentleman with an impecable character. You are a part of the family of God, and you are loved by all who know you.  Congrats. and May God continue to be with you and your family.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Congrats to my fine former classmate, I'm so proud of you and I'm sure that Triple C class of 96 will agree.  Love ya Twigs

  11. Cayman Born says:

    Congrats Sammy boy. LVB4 LIFE

  12. Anonymous says:

    Congrat's.  We are lucky to have such an accomplished individual in government and need more people like you.  Would you consider cloning?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Finally someone with an actual degree in something is appointed!

    • Anonymous says:

      I believe if you look at all appointments that have been publicised by, cig anytime over the past few years most of those people will have had at least one degree in a relevant field. For the past year they will also have taken online tests etc. In fact the results of these tests for the recruitment of the three new chief officers were the subject of a recent ruling by the Information Commissioner…

  14. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Sammy! Bring on the swanky! 

     

  15. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful news. A real gentleman and an excellent civil servant. The type of role model that our youngsters should emulate.Welldone Sam.

     

  16. Whodatis says:

    Re:

    "Rose, who is still only 34-years-old, has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Since 2003, he has worked as a Graduate Research Analyst, a Policy Analyst, a Deputy Permanent Secretary and his current post is Deputy Chief Officer (Financial Services). 

    He is also a Licensed Social Worker and has recently completed a United Nations course in Public Diplomacy and is on the Board of Governors of the University College of the Cayman Islands. He is a Member of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Task Force and also Member of the International Tax Cooperation Team.

    Rose is also a talented musician was has played violin in the local kitchen Band Swanky for several years."

    In other words – let's just say it shall we?

    He's em-effin' Superman!!

    🙂

    Congrats, bro … all the best.

    • firecracker says:

      …add to all that – handsome as a blooming poinciana!

      • Whodatis says:

        Lol!

        Say wha … ?!

        Anyway, I'm sure Sam is blushing like a little schoolgirl now, lol!

    • 14DRD says:

      I wonder if this Deputy Chief Officer (Financial Services) can balance a set of accounts on the shoulders of his superman costume?

      I'm sure he's a nice fellow but we have got to stop gushing over these civil servants every time they get a promotion.

       

      Sure there are lots of individual bright sparks, but as a body they have been failing the country and the people for the past decade or so.

      I'll give credit when it is due. That is when the government turns a surplus (or breaks even) and manages to demonstrate some semblance of productivity, efficiency and competence.

      Everyone likes to blame the politicians, but they are ignoring the CI$600,000,000 elephant in the background.

      • Whodatis says:

        You are a pathetic individual.

        This article is about Mr. Samuel Rose – not the collective CIG of "the past decade or so".

        (Re: "I'll give credit when it is due. That is when the government turns a surplus (or breaks even) and manages to demonstrate some semblance of productivity, efficiency and competence."

        What is the state of the government where you come from, friend? And please don't now claim to be Caymanian – you won't fool anyone.)

        Anyway … you (and your similarly small-minded friends) bore me – moving right along.

      • Anonymous says:

        What a mean-spirited comment. I hope you are not Caymanian.

      • Anonymous says:

        I am an expat who has lived here for 20 years and I find your email above to be severely qout of line. I have had the privilege of meeting many, many fine Caymanians and please take my word for it, Sam Rose is an exceptional young man who is one of the very finest on whom the future of this country can depend. He deserves every success.It would be appropriate and polite for you to apologise to the young man for your reamarks

  17. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Samuel, well deserved!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Samuel, very proud of my Triple C Alumni. I know you will do Cayman proud.

    • Anonymous says:

      Now this is what it is all about Cayman. A young, well educated, Caymanian. Good family background, well rounded, great personality, congrats Samual, you make Caymanians proud in a time when all seems lost you really bring much to the table.  God bless you Samual and don't ever make money, position and power change you.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Mr. Samuel Rose best wishes and God's blessings.  I am most confident that your performance and character will be stellar.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations. An excellent choice

  21. Shaft says:

    He's the man! Congrats Mr. Rose to your new post.