Manderson to step into deputy’s shoes

| 19/09/2011

(CNS): When the current deputy governor retires in January next year, Donovan Ebanks, the first person to hold the post created in the 2009 constitution, will be replaced by his colleague and former head of immigration, Franz Manderson. Having served some three decades in the civil service, Manderson became chief officer in the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs in 2009. He has already stood in for Ebanks on a number of occasions and was viewed as ‘heir apparent'. The governor said Manderson had been selected via an open recruitment process but William Hague, the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, approved the appointment.

Governor Duncan Taylor chaired a recruitment panel, which included Colin Ross, the chair of the Civil Service Appeals Commission and former deputy head of the civil service, as well as Dan Scott, regional managing partner of Ernst and Young and the Judicial and Legal Services Commission chair, who were unanimous in recommending Manderson for the position.

As deputy governor of the Cayman Islands, Manderson will also become the head of the civil service, and the governor said the public sector was lucky to have someone as capableand as widely respected as Manderson to take over the most senior post.

Manderson began his public service career in the immigration department as a clerical oOfficer in 1981.  He progressed quickly through the ranks and within ten years was promoted to assistant chief immigration officer.  After four years in that position Manderson was promoted to deputy chief immigration officer, a position he held for eight years.  During this time he also completed a law degree at the Cayman Islands Law School and took a year out of government to do his articles with Walkers, after which he was called to the Caymanian Bar.

In 2003 Manderson became the chief immigration officer, a post he held for five years before he was appointed as the chief officer for the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs in 2009.

The governor said that during his time in the job, Manderson has improved the strategic effectiveness of the portfolio and has overseen the introduction of key pieces of crime-reduction legislation, including the Alternative Sentencing Law, the Police Law and the Information and Communications Technology Authority Regulations.  He has also led a number of initiatives aimed at promoting security, including the National CCTV Programme.

“I am delighted that we have a person of Mr Manderson’s calibre to be the next deputy governor,” Governor Taylor said. “In my year and a half in the Cayman Islands I have learnt that Mr Manderson is a widely respected individual both within and outside the civil service.  His skills, experience and personality will be invaluable as he leads the civil service through challenging times.  I am confident that Mr Manderson has the ability to provide the high quality leadership the civil service needs in the years ahead.”

The governor also acknowledged what he said was the sterling work of Donovan Ebanks as chief secretary and deputy governor, and the significant changes he had brought about in the culture of the civil service.

“I would like to take this opportunity to put on the record my thanks to Mr Ebanks for the support and advice he has given me in my first 18 months as governor.  I look forward to continuing to work with him until his retirement in January,” he added.

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  1. Here is an example to follow says:

    Franz started off as an immigration officer and has worked his way up the ranks to Deputy Gov! He is to be congratulated for his hard work and for his achievements. There is not 1 negative comment on this forum and that says it all!


  2. DavidThursfield says:

    Congratulations Franz.  I know that the Cayman Islands can rely on your integrity, sound judgement and safe hands for your new and important role.  Best wishes.

  3. Alice says:

    Great choice Governor Taylor you have been doing a great job since your arrival. Franz will be a great deputy and together you can return the civil service to the great organization it once was.

  4. Anonymous says:

    congratulations, i really, really wish you and our islands all the best.

    they say new broom sweep clean,

    well, you have a lot of difficult decisions to make, make them farely and wisely and stand by your decision. do not be afraid to ask good qualified people for advice we all need help from time to time.

    we all must put these Islands first 1st. do not let anyone allow you to compromise your integrity, because once it's lost it is gone forever.

    now turn the CS into a lean first class institution, hold all accountable and lead by example

    do not compromise for anyone, once you do they will hold it against you and you will end up just  wait around for your retirement.

    once again, C O N GR AT U LA T I ON S.  

  5. Martha says:

    Franz has always been a man whom a lot of us Caymanians always respected, he's such a good guy from the many years that I have known him to be.  This man deserves the very best, he's geniune, caring and a very loving individual.  Congrats to you Franz, stay the sweet, kind and gentle man that you are,never change who you are as a person because we all love you.  I wish that every young Caymanian young man would turn out to be the kind of gentleman that you really are, someone that truly makes us all proud, somone that deserves a medal everyday!  Take care Franz and may God bless you and your wonderful family in years to come…Now this is one young man that we can all tell that his parents raise him well jsut look at him, to know him is to love him.

  6. Paper Caymanian says:

    Franz is one of the best thing to happen to Cayman.  A very noble and decent young man. Thank you Ms. Jenny, you did a wonderful job grooming this young man who served his fellowmen and  country honourably. Well done my brother!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Franz!  It was a pleasure working under your management several years ago at Immigration.  All the best, I am proud of you!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Well done, Franz.  Great to see decent, hardworking Caymanians rewarded. There's very few role models out there these days for our children to look up to with corruption running rampant, so thank you for making us proud.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Yah baby Go. Watch out for the dodgy handshakes.

  10. Anonymous says:

    A very able widely respected man who happens to be Caymanian is recognised after an open recruitment process for his decency, work ethic and vision for the civil service and is appointed to a very high position in our country. But his appointment is overshadowed by gangsta little effin zeros acting out their pathetic Facebook pages. Cayman today. How sad.

  11. Alex Johnson says:

    Congratulations Franz, well deserved, as a caymanian im happy to see you taking over the deputy Govenor position. Good example of what we need from our young people.

    Gods blessing for you.

  12. cAYMANIAN says:

    fRANZ IS A GOOD MAN i AM HAPPY OF HIS POSITION,  Very kind man from days of Immigration.  Respects his people.  Please Mr Manderson, donot change.

  13. Curtis says:

    Congratulations Franz.

  14. 41 Cent says:

    Go Franz…it's your deputy governor day! We gon' party like it's your deputy governor day!

    Well Done Franz!

    Woop Woop Woop!

  15. Anonymous says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Franz well deserved. Continue to make your family and all of us proud.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations, Franz.  Well deserved.