Probation boss to take temporary reins at community affairs

| 26/09/2017 | 15 Comments
Cayman News Service

Teresa Echenique, Acting Chief Officer for the Ministry of Community Affairs

(CNS): Teresa Echenique has been appointed as acting chief officer for the Ministry of Community Affairs when Dorine McGee (nee Whittaker) makes her sudden departure at the end of this week. Echenique, who is a Caymanian, is currently the director of the Department of Community Rehabilitation (DCR), but she will now act as chief officer until the end of the year. Announcing her appointment, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said details of how and when the post will be permanently filled will be revealed in November.

Echenique started her career with the Department of Children and Family Services, and has been in the service for 24 years. She was made the director of the DCR in 2003 and has also served in various acting appointments in the Ministry of Home Affairs over the past two years. She has a degree in social work from the University of Tampa, and an executive master of business administration (EMBA) from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management Executive Programme and the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI).

Echenique said she was grateful for the opportunity and would “serve as a facilitator of change and an advocate for those in need”.

Manderson added that Echenique was known for her leadership skills and has a passion for succession planning. “Her background equips her to effectively deal with the demands of this job, and I am confident that she and her team will work tirelessly to ensure that we make the lives of those we serve better,” he said.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know her but at least she has the right educational background and experience for this job. Best wishes!




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    • Face Facts says:

      The University of Tampa is the right educational background for no job.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Evidently neither is Yale or Oxford, as both have returned prolific, (western) war-criminals in our lifetime.

        Not to mention the respective fraternities filled to the brim with fellow alumni without the decency or moral fibre to demand international justice.

        Just a tender reminder for you and your friends.

        – Who




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        • Anonymous says:

          That pole’s still lodged up there I see. Joke’s on you BoBo, the entertainment being provided is for us.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Hmmm. Toxic. People within and without.




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  2. Anonymous says:

    Further to my comments on the related story; such an appointment is long overdue and rubbishes the common claims (on this forum) of CIG being absolutely staffed with unqualified or incapable Caymanians.

    Teresa has been a capable and driven go-getter from the time I’ve known her – which is a long time.

    Bro P would be so proud. You deserve it and keep on keeping on T.

    – Who




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    • Anonymous says:

      So people vote down Who’s post even when they’re positive? Damn its a shame you’re letting your discontent blind you.

      Congrats to Teresa, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.




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  3. Anonymous says:

    Very Happy for you T but be careful and don’t make them use you girl!! They probably looking a foreigner right now to fill the post!!




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    • Anonymous says:

      2:55. I would not want to live in your world. How can you be so negative. Shame on you. Our civil service has changed so much over the pass few years. I see so many young Caymanians being promoted.




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  4. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations. Wow so proud of you and your accomplishments. Will miss you in Probation but this is awesome news.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Went to school with Teresa at the University of Tampa – way back when – she will make a fine Chief Officer in the Ministry of Community Affairs – a fresh start for this post, after years of nothing happening – glad to hear that current Chief Officer has taken early retirement.




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