(CMR) Michael Ebanks has been appointed to the post of Acting Chief Officer for the Ministry of Home Affairs, effective 1 August 2023.
The recruitment panel was chaired by the Deputy Governor and Head of the Civil Service, Franz Manderson, and consisted of two professionals from the private sector, Betty Baraud and Brigitte Kirkconnell-Shaughness.
In his role, Ebanks is responsible for the oversight of the Ministry’s six departments – Department of Public Safety Communications, His Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service, Department of Community Rehabilitation, the Cayman Islands Fire Service, Cayman Islands Regiment and the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps – as they execute their mandates related to public safety and national security.
Ebanks first joined the Ministry of Home Affairs as Assistant Chief Officer in 2015 and bore the responsibility for strategic policy analysis, legislative reform, and special projects related to key Ministry outcomes such as fire safety and prevention, law enforcement, cybersecurity and disaster relief. He was promoted shortly thereafter to Deputy Chief Officer and then to Acting Chief Officer.
He expressed his enthusiasm at his appointment and aims to continue his work toward strengthening the Ministry of Home Affairs and its agencies.
“I am looking forward to strengthening existing partnerships and building new ones with the aim of delivering intelligence-led solutions that address current and enduring risks facing Cayman,” Ebanks said.
Deputy Governor Manderson congratulated Ebanks on his appointment.
“I am confident that ACO Ebanks’ leadership will empower the Ministry of Home Affairs to deliver the outcomes of the Government and enhance the national security of our beloved islands,” he stated.
Ebanks holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Police Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, with professional training in various areas, including strategic change management.