Ex cop confirmed as new ministry’s No. 2

| 27/11/2017 | 14 Comments
Cayman News Service

Michael Ebanks

(CNS): Michael Ebanks, who began his public service career as a detective with the RCIPS CID but has been acting deputy chief officer at what was the Ministry of Home Affairs, has been appointed as the deputy CO at the new Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration for its Security and Public Safety Division. Ebanks’ career in the public sector spans over a decade, having joined the police in 2007, where he dealt with a variety of major incidents and high-profile criminal investigations. In 2010 he took up a new job as analyst/administrator for the Commissions Secretariat.

There he was responsible for policy development and conducting inquiries on matters concerning ethics in public office, human rights and anti-corruption issues.

He  joined what was then the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2015 as an assistant chief officer, where he co-led the implementation of cyber-security reforms and helped coordinate special projects, legislative reforms and public policy on matters of national security and public safety. In 2016 he was appointed as the acting deputy chief officer, and was chosen as the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Employee of the Year.

More recently, Ebanks served as an expert on border security at the CARICOM Regional Counter-Terrorism Strategy meeting in Trinidad and Tobago. Locally, Ebanks contributes to the work of the e-Government Steering Committee, the Digital Identity Sub-Committee, and the Policy Group of the National Emergency Operation Centre.

Chief Officer for the Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration Wesley Howell, said Ebanks was known for his leadership skills and passion to serve. “With his background and experience I am confident he will continue to be an invaluable asset to the ministry, and contribute to the further development of the civil service and the Cayman Islands,” he said.

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson welcomed Ebanks to the post, saying, “The dedication he brings to his job is exceptional, and his commitment to promote the vision, mission and values of the Cayman Islands Government is excellent.”

Ebanks said,  “It is an energising experience to help lead the exploration of cutting-edge and sustainable models for the delivery of public services. As DCO for the ministry, a key focus will be to ensure that we are keeping the customer at the heart of service design and service delivery. For me, service to the country is about sustainability. Coupled with the services that we deliver, public servants also help build community, democracy and national prosperity. In this sense, my journey in public service has been a privilege underscored by opportunities to improve service quality, enhance the experience of our customers, and strengthen the security of the Islands.”

Ebanks has a degree in education from the University of North Florida, and an MSc in criminal justice from Florida Metropolitan University.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Well done. Hopefully you don’t succumb to the pressures of the job or the Security company that pressured your predecessor .

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well done family! You are a good man and you will no doubt make us all proud.

    Happy for you, your hard work is paying off!

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  3. Naya Boy says:

    Nothing against hiring such persons, however my question is, how come Government never changes?? If these hires are so wonderful we should see small changes at least. It would appear to be that the CI government deliberately hires certain types who are very”Flexible” and receptive to the status quo and have been groomed and nurtured to fit the wishes of the current leadership. Compliant and as Pink Floyd says Comfortably Numb!

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  4. Just saying says:

    Wow…while it doesn’t surprize me, it does annoy me to see the amount of thumbs down. Who are you people? It really shows how many haters live among us….more than likely they are imported. Congradulations Michael. All Caymanians true Caymanians should be proud of you.There will always be haters, and we also call them loosers, dregs of the society and humankind.

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  5. Soldier Crab says:

    This is good news, however it is such a pity that the ethos expressed by Michael does not exist at all in the lower echelons of the Civil (?) Service.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Michael well deserving, we worked along side at the Prison you are such a humble person and well respected.
    All the very best.
    Michael

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Michael, you come from good parents with high morals. Please don’t get caught up in anything which undermines your integrity!!

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  8. OneVoice says:

    Well done Mr. Ebanks. Congrats

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    • West bay Premier says:

      Congrats Michael and your Parents and family are proud of you , and do your well and use your powers and make us all proud . Cayman needs more like you .

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Michael! You and Wes make a formidable team in that Ministry. Continue to make Cayman proud.

    Wayne Panton

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  10. Unison says:

    Congrats Michael ?

    *Proverbs 12:3

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  11. Linda says:

    So many Caymanians being promoted in the civil service. I am so proud to be a civil servant.

    Hopefully the private sector will start to do the same soon.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Not as long as the Premier thinks, the more work permits issued, the more Caymanians will be employed. Stupid is as stupid was,and always shall be.

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    • Anonymous says:

      The private sector took all the good ones from you a long time ago “Linda”, what’s left is merely the best of the rest.

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