Long time civil servant Wesley (Wes) Howell is the new Chief Officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Mr. Howell, who has nearly 3 decades of service in the public sector, replaces Eric Bush who heads to London to take on the role of Cayman Islands representative in the UK.
Mr. Howell will take up his new post at the beginning of July.
One of the largest ministries in Government, Home Affairs has some 1100 workers and a budget of $90-100 million. Its nine departments and numerous public authorities are responsible for criminal justice, public safety and national security.
“I am very pleased that Wes has accepted the position as Chief Officer,” said Premier and Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Alden McLaughlin. “We have always had an excellent working relationship and I look forward to the good work Wes will bring to the table as my CO.”
In a statement Mr. Howell said, “I am very excited humbled and thankful to have been selected to lead this amazing team. As a ministry, we work hard to make Cayman better and we are looking forward to the challenge which lies ahead.”
Mr Howell will continue in his position as Supervisor of Elections. With general elections exactly a year away, during periods when he is busy at Elections Office, senior staff within the Ministry will act as Chief Officer.