Civil Service head to retire
Head of the Civil Service Donald Scott will retire at the end of next month, it was announced today.
Mr Scott has served in the Civil Service for 27 years, and since 2010 has been the chief policy advisor to the Premier with oversight responsibility for all aspects of government operation.
He previously held the positions of Financial Secretary from April 2000 to November 2010, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Services, Assistant Financial Secretary (Economics and Finance), and Chief Statistician.
Mr Scott said: “Serving the public is very rewarding. In public policy work, there is an opportunity to improve the well-being of many people by helping to shape and implement good policy.
“Good policy depends on having access to factual information. Therefore developing sound statistics is important for good public policy.
“I have helped to develop social and economic indicators for Bermuda, assisted in financial policy, housing policy, healthcare policy, transport policy and much else besides.
“I have had a full career of some 34 years and I have enjoyed it. One of my personal long term goals was to exercise my retirement option when I reached 60 years old and that time has arrived.
“The public sector is often the butt of harsh jokes in many countries including Bermuda. The truth is that there are many honest, talented, dedicated, hard-working and loyal people who choose to work in the public sector because they have a passion for public service.
“I believe that the majority of our public sector workers have these qualities and I consider that they will continue to give excellent service to Bermuda.”
Premier Craig Cannonier said Mr Scott has been dedicated and focused on serving the public, thanking him for his hard work.
“He has helped us accomplish our goals and has been a pleasure to work with,” Mr Cannonier said.
“On behalf of the Civil Service and Cabinet members, we wish him the very best as he retires from service.”
The process to select the Secretary to the Cabinet is governed by the Bermuda Constitution and is managed by the Public Service Commission. A Government spokeswoman said an announcement about the post will be made in due course.