Deputy takes top job on Brac as Scott retires

| 22/04/2021 | 21 Comments
Mark Tibbetts

(CNS): Mark Tibbetts is the new district commissioner for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman today following the retirement of Ernie Scott, whose last day of work was Wednesday. Tibbetts, who was previously the deputy DC, secured the top civil service job on the Sister Islands “following a rigorous interview process”, officials said. Scott retires after 48 years as a public servant, which started when he joined as a clerical officer after leaving school. He worked his way through the ranks and at the same time furthered his education, before he was promoted in 1999 to deputy DC before becoming DC in January 2007.

Reflecting on his career, Scott said that being in service to the people of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman has been exceptionally fulfilling. “I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to contribute to the Sister Islands growth and development over the past four decades, which on reflection has been nothing short of remarkable,” he said.

Thanking his deputy, he wished him “the very best as he takes over the reins. It is gratifying to be leaving District Administration in such capable hands.”

Tibbetts has also already had a long career in the civil service. He joined in 1990 as a junior customs officer and over the next 17 years climbed the public sector ladder to deputy commissioner in 2007.

“I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to continue serving the people of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman which I have endeavoured to do to the best of my ability throughout my career,” he said. “I am keen to continue the legacy which Mr Scott has so ably established and I look forward to providing the leadership and direction required to ensure that my colleagues and I not only achieve the results expected of us, but are successful in making the lives of those we serve better.”

Stran Bodden, Chief Officer with responsibility for District Administration, thanked Scott for his service and wished him the best for his retirement. “I am very pleased that the baton has been passed to Mark,” Bodden said, adding that he is “highly regarded for his professionalism, critical thinking and strategic planning abilities.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am glad to see that Mark got the position. But make no mistake this post is totally controlled by whoever is Minister for District Administration. The District Commissioner is just the conduit for the Minister to follow their directives – sorry Chief Officer you are in between but you know how all this works already.

    • Mumbichi says:

      I have seen three DC’s take this position. I think you are wrong. I think it depends upon the personal sand that the DC has and is willing to use. Mr. Mark is smart enough to form a useful relationship with the Minister. Don’t forget, they need each other. In a perfect world, it’s a symbiosis.

      I think Mr. Mark is up for it. He’s an intelligent and moral man who truly understands the community. I look forward to an opportunity to work with him for the betterment of the community.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If you had been the Deputy since 2007 it would only make sense that you get the job when the person above you retires…duh

  3. Anonymous says:

    “last day of work was Wednesday”.

    Do we know what year?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Marky and all the very best. You have big shoes to fill but you’re up to it. Thanks to Ernie for his many years of dedicated service and a happy retirement.

    A Government colleague from GC, from “back in the day”

    • Anonymous says:

      Funny how it dosen’t matter what one do, but after one retires or dies they always did good jobs and such a nice person.

  5. BeaumontZodecloun says:

    I don’t know you, but hope to do so someday.

    Congratulations Mr. Mark. From what I’ve learned from my Brac friends, you are a stand-up guy and have come by your position honestly, with hard work and dedication. Like your parents, you are a self-made man.

    There was some talk a few months ago that you might run for office. I don’t blame you. I wouldn’t have wanted to leave your sleepy little island either. You chose well.

  6. Yasmane says:

    Congratulations Mr. Tibbetts! You are a professional and knowledgeable individual who is very educated and deserving of this position. I wish Mr. Scott all the best and know that he is confident in his successor!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Rigorous interview process, lol. That where you can hear some shit. Regardless, congratulations Mark.

    • Anonymous says:

      Have an independent person look at the resumes and qualifications. Stop the crap Caymanians, you killing yourself.

    • Anonymous says:

      So true, 2:51. Back in the late nineties I was a private sector representative ( supposedly neutral) on an interview panel for a senior civil service appointment on the Brac. To my surprise, before the interviews began, the chairperson ( who I won’t name) made it clear who the successful candidate was going to be. I was told Brackers would “rise up” if it didn’t go that way. So said, so done. The Brac is a different place….

      • Anonymous says:

        Here, here. All Brac Civil Service Positions are done that way. Interviews are a mere formality as part of the process.
        Once you see who is hired you can easily track how they got the job via family, church, lodge, etc.

        Collusion, corruption and nepotism are the three pillars of getting a civil servant job on Brac – the home town mafia sees that certain persons are hired.

        • Anonymous says:

          Well said, nepotism in particular is the order of the day.

          • Mumbichi says:

            That’s one way of saying it. Another — and more accurate way — is to say that the Brac positions are hired from those who have a vested interest in the Sister Islands. That is to say, they are hired from … us! The exception is the local RCIPS Inspector, which is a rotation from Grand Cayman, for obvious reasons.

        • Sucka Free Cayman says:

          Aaawwwwh who spit in your porridge Go sit down wid ya anger. Mark Tibbets is the right man for the job. I wish Grand Cayman would stand up like the Brackers and maybe this mess we have down here where every tom dick and jane have too many things to say and do with Cayman.

        • Anonymous says:

          3:21 pm, you are 100 % right, corruption rules the Brac all the way

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