(CMR) Cayman's first Ombudsman, Sandy Hermiston, is expected to demit office soon to serve as Ombudsman in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Hermiston, who has been Ombudsman in the Cayman Islands since 2017, is expected to start her new job on February 14, 2022.
Like she did here, she will be the first person to hold the position of Ombudsman in Prince Edward Island. The province passed legislation earlier this year to create the position.
Hermiston told local news media that the decision to leave the Cayman Islands was a difficult one.
“I have really enjoyed the challenge of the job here and had fully intended to stay until the end of my term in 2024. In the end, it boiled down to the isolation from family and friends as a result of the pandemic. I wasn't ready to stop working yet, so when the PEI opportunity appeared, I felt it could be the perfect fit,” she said.
She added, “My husband and I will miss Cayman and its people very much. It has been a life-changing experience for us, and we are grateful for the opportunity to contribute.”
Hermiston, who will be responsible for overseeing the province's whistleblower act, has been working as the ombudsperson for the Cayman Islands since 2017. Before that, she was at the office of the Alberta Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner.
According to a CBS report, MLAs dealing with the hiring process said the province received 24 applications for the job during a public competition.