Government IT worker receives monthly CS gong

| 03/07/2014

(CNS): Although the computer services department has been in the firing line recently over the loss of significant police data following a computer crash at Citrus Grove, at least one worker in the department has nevertheless received a pat on the back. Support Administrator Jeremy O’Sullivan was named best civil service employee in April after just four months on the job. Since joining the department on 6 January, O’Sullivan has proven an asset not just to the department but the whole of government, officials said.

In a release about the award, his bosses said he is equally skilled and knowledgeable dealing with hardware problems or software solutions. Admired for being a “very quick learner”, O’Sullivan is also undergoing an advanced IT training programme as his bosses have plans to move him to the department’s Operations Team in the near future.

Described as punctual, always courteous, professional and providing timely service in dealing with all clients, including the Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said he was a “role model” for all civil servants.

“I am aware that your work ethic is outstanding and you are highly efficient and productive in actively addressing users’ issues with limited supervision,” the CS boss said when he handed O’Sullivan his award.

Noting his excellent team spirit, the deputy governor highlighted O’Sullivan’s willingness to assist co-workers both in completing urgent assignments and in resolving complex IT issues.

“Working extra hours in the evenings and over weekends to complete urgent assignments and projects demonstrates your remarkable level of performance and commitment to government,” Manderson added.

Chief Officer Eric Bush, whose ministry has already scooped a number of these awards, said O’Sullivan was the only nominee for the month among the 1,100 employees in the Home Affairs ministry.

O’Sullivan said the award came as a complete, albeit pleasant, surprise after “such a short time” on the job. He gratefully acknowledged all those involved in the selection process “for even thinking that I was worthy of this.” He said, “I will use this milestone to strive further and consistently raise the standard of my service in the future.”

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  1. Judean People's front says:

    Let's hope that the frequency of rewards and honours given out do not dilute the efforts of those that achieved them.

    I am holding out for a Cayman order of merit (platinum) to be presented to me whilst Sat in the cat boat national hero sculpture, in Hero's square. Preferably clutching a golden Apple award whilst wearing some sort of gown and holding something from a university that I have never seen or visited.

    If not, expect me in late on Tuesday.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well done Jeremy! Your parents must be proud. Your friends on Destiny are also!

  3. bearbaiter says:

    Kinda seems a shame to waste someone this good on the Civil Service!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Nice nice nice!  You are on the right track Mr. Jeremy! Very nice to read this morning.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I wonder how much these monthly gongs cost? Looks like a few hundred dollars of framing at the least.  Our hard-earned tax dollars used to stroke Civil Service egos. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Not to start a flame war or anything, but first off do you honestly think the government would spend "a few hundred dollars" on framing ? I'm pretty sure the frames are less that $25 a piece.

      Secondly we don't pay taxes…

      Thirdly what's wrong with an employer recognizing an employee for doing an exceptional job ? 

      • Anonymous says:

        We don't pay taxes?  How do you think the government gets its money?  From the CIMA Money Tree?  Of course we pay taxes. Everyone who buy an item that attracts import duty pays taxes, Everyone who buys a property pays taxes. Every employer who hires an expat pays taxes. Many expats with PR pay taxes. Every law firmand every accounting firm pay taxes. Oh, we might call them "fees", but don't kid yourself; they are taxes.  

        And, by the way, you obviously haven't had anything framed in the Cayman Islands in the last 25 years. You can't get a mud stain framed for $25 here today!

  6. Congrats says:

    Congrats Jeremy on your award. You are a fine exampleto our young Caymanians. It shows that a good work ethic is recognised and rewarded. Keep up the good work and you will be go far.  I am very proud of you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have to congratulate Jeremy as he deserves such recognition. I met him recently when he fixed my computer and I was very impressed by his professionalism and courtesy. He is very mature for his years. My view on many of these awards in the civil service is that it is political correctness gone a little mad. Just do your work and get on with it.After the recognition of this officer I will keep my cynicism to my self. He will go far.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Was he in charge of the police hard drive?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone remember the Gong Show from the 70's? Sort of like an old time America's Got Talent. But if the act was horrible, they got a "gong" and got pulled off the stage.

    Sorry to say but every time I hear that someone received the monthly GONG, it makes me think that the person was chastised for poor performance not GOOD.

    I wonder how they decided to award a "gong"?