Tag: Office of the Complaints Commissioner

Canadian secures job as supra-ombudsman

| 23/08/2017 | 132 Comments

(CNS): Sandy Hermiston, the General Counsel for the Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner in Alberta, Canada, will be the Cayman Islands’ first-ever supra-ombudsman created under the Ombudsman Law, 2017. The Canadian lawyer beat out four other people who were shortlisted for the job, one of which, officials have confirmed, was a  Caymanian. Hermiston will start in three […]

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JOCC leads ethics, Miller stays at PAC, Rivers takes on OCC/ICO

JOCC leads ethics, Miller stays at PAC, Rivers takes on OCC/ICO

| 31/05/2017 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Following the pomp and ceremony of Wednesday morning’s proceedings in the Legislative Assembly, in the afternoon members got down to their first task to elect the chairs and members of the various parliamentary committees. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly will lead the Register of Interests Committee, which deals with the financial ethics, interests and potential conflicts of […]

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CIG begins search for ombudsman

CIG begins search for ombudsman

| 11/04/2017 | 28 Comments

(CNS): The government has begun its search for a multi-talented ombudsman that has experience in police and other public sector complaints, dealing with whistleblowing protection, as well as freedom of information and data protection. Whoever gets the top civil service job could earn more than $130,000 per year plus benefits. The deadline for applications is […]

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Ombudsman laws steered through LA

Ombudsman laws steered through LA

| 03/04/2017 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The controversial decision by the government to merge the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Office of the Complaints Commissioner, with the additional responsibility of police complaints, was solidified in the final sitting of the Legislative Assembly with the passage of two key bills and several supporting amendment bills. The Police Complaints by the Public […]

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Ombudsman to focus on cop complaints

Ombudsman to focus on cop complaints

| 21/12/2016 | 22 Comments

(CNS): Two pieces of legislation published on the government gazette this month will pave the way for the creation of an Ombudsman’s office that will take over the functions of the existing Office of the Complaints Commissioner and Information Commissioner’s Office. But the primary role of the new turbo-civil servant, which will be held for […]

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Committee falls apart over merger of OCC and ICO

Committee falls apart over merger of OCC and ICO

| 06/10/2016 | 23 Comments

(CNS): MLA Ezzard Miller has resigned as chair of the parliamentary oversight committee that deals with the Office of the Complaints Commissioner as a result of government’s plan to merge the OCC with the Information Commissioner’s Office and a new police complaints commission. He also revealed that most of the other committee members had followed […]

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Cops join team creating supra-ombudsman’s office

Cops join team creating supra-ombudsman’s office

| 01/07/2016 | 10 Comments

(CNS): Controversial plans by government to merge the Office of the Complaints Commissioner (OCC) with Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) are now focussed on the emergence of an independent police complaints element under the new supra-ombudsman. In a statement the chair of the project team, Peter Gough, revealed that representatives from the RCIPS Professional Standards Unit, which […]

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Ministry gets OK from OCC over pensions report

Ministry gets OK from OCC over pensions report

| 28/06/2016 | 5 Comments

(CNS): Following amendments to the National Pensions Law, the Office of the Complaints Commissioner has agreed that the 21 recommendations made to the employment ministry in a report first published almost six years ago have finally been largely complied with. In a statement to her colleagues in the Legislative Assembly on Friday, Employment Minister Tara […]

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CIG presses on with ombudsman merger

CIG presses on with ombudsman merger

| 18/04/2016 | 7 Comments

(CNS): Government has confirmed it will be pressing ahead with the merger of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Office of the Complaints Commissioner (OCC) to form a new ombudsman’s office that will also deal with police complaints. The controversial decision will save the government just $83,000 a year from the existing budget for […]

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OCC presses staffing board to explain decisions

OCC presses staffing board to explain decisions

| 13/04/2016 | 4 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Complaints Commissioner has revealed in its latest work report that, following complaints by members of the public, it has made a number of recommendations over the past year to the Business Staffing Plan Board to provide clear explanations for the decisions they make and that they should formally document and […]

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Auditor recruitment underway but OCC and ICO await fate

Auditor recruitment underway but OCC and ICO await fate

| 05/10/2015 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The departure of Alastair Swarbrick is unlikely to see the auditor general’s seat vacant for very long, unlike the other independent watchdog posts. The former auditor general confirmed before his departure last week that the recruitment process for his job was already underway and the advertisements were expected to be posted this week. Meanwhile, […]

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