DoS attracts expert Caymanian from private sector

| 23/11/2022 | 27 Comments
Darrel Evans Jr

(CNS): Darrel Evans Jr has been appointed as the assistant director of sports with responsibility for facilities. Over the last seven years, Evans, who was hired from the private sector, has managed a portfolio of facilities, including a marina, sports complex, bee farm, golf courses and residential property owned by one of the islands’ leading developers. He is now responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Department of Sports’ 17 facilities across the Cayman Islands, including sports fields, basketball courts, the Truman Bodden Sports Complex and the Annex Stadium. His duties involve overseeing restoration projects, preventative maintenance, risk assessments, project management and budget forecasting.

DoS Director Kurt Hyde said that in recent months the department and the ministry had made great strides in acquiring talented individuals to strengthen the organisational structure.

“This most recent recruitment is no different as we were able to acquire the services of Mr Darrel Evans Jr,” He said. “His expertise comes highly appreciated with ageing facilities, higher demand for sports facilities, and a governmental mandate to attract more sports tourism. It makes me very excited to know that our facilities will receive the full attention they deserve, and I am assured that Mr Evans’ skillsets will be reflected in the scheduled improvements and maintenance of our facilities.”

Evans, a triathlete who competes in international Ironman races, said he was passionate about both sports and facilities management.

“Being able to now combine these interests and skills is a great opportunity for me to ensure that our Cayman Islands Government facilities remain world-class and representative of the product we want to show our community and visitors,” he said. “In addition, with functional, safe and complimentary facilities, athletes will benefit more from consistent hard training, and novices may be more inclined to make healthy changes and use our district facilities.”

Evans, who is based in the Truman Bodden Sports Complex offices, said he wanted to create positive change and bolster the aesthetics and function of the public facilities he now manages. He is currently working on reviewing options for resurfacing walking tracks in four districts, which will add to the usability of those amenities and reduce potential injuries for athletes in training. He is also working on the upgrades of the Annex’s restroom and changing facilities.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Go DJ! Proud of you man.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not being facetious but what exactly are the roles of Director and Deputy Director of Sports? Are these posts realistic and viable for the public purse?

    How do these roles interplay with private sports orgs such as the decimated CIFA or other local sports organizations – flag football, rugby, basketball, netball, beach volleyball, cricket, tennis, squash, competitive cycling, jet ski racing, etc.?

    Does the Directorate oversee ALL sports in the Cayman Islands or just those under the “Government” umbrella (whichever they are)?

    Director, Deputy Director? Anyone? Please clarify with facts, not speculation.


    • Anonymous says:

      Read the article. This appointment is about facilities. It’s in the third line!

    • Anonymous says:

      More than one Deputy Director I might add.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m not being facetious but do these questions also apply to none 🇰🇾Nationals or are these questions another attempt to suppress our Natives and to only have NONE Natives fill such positions ? Especially, if 🇰🇾Natives are capable Leaders that are qualified/employable by the Cayman Islands 🇰🇾 Government, for these positions 🙏🏼

      Congrats Mr. Evans and may you continue to rise to challenges, as the good Lord continues to direct your path 🙏🏼👍🏼🎉🎈🎯👌🏼💪🏼✅

  3. Anonymous says:

    Well done DJ!

  4. Anonymous says:

    DJ is a great addition. Shame dart pushed out another quality Caymanian.

  5. Anonymous says:

    All the best for success DJ.

  6. Anonymous says:

    A good appointment. DJ. Is a bright guy and will want to do a good honest job. Hopefully he’s given the support to succeed.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Ok. Says nothing for CIGs succession planning though.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Assistant director. How is the Director?

  9. Anonymous says:

    A very bright, hard working Caymanian. Go DJ!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Evans was not in fact employed at the time he was hired by the DOS. Might want to fact check. Nice guy though.

  11. Anonymous says:

    doesn’t everybody come from the private sector before they are a civil servant?
    is this a new position?…who was responsible before?
    what a strange tale.

    • Anonymous says:

      “doesn’t everybody come from the private sector before they are a civil servant?”

      Answer is no – there are numerous persons in the civil service who have work there straight out of school and have never worked in the private sector…

      • Anonymous says:

        3:53. how wrong you are. I would say 70% of the Civil service come from the private sector.

        Remember all MP’s come from the private sector.

      • Anonymous says:

        I’m far from convinced that’s a good thing although to be fair it happens everywhere not just here.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thus they have no idea what it takes to provide a product or service, meet payroll and get the runaround from CIG.


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