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Derrick Binns will step down from the role of Secretary to the Cabinet as part of a Civil Service shake-up.

Dr Binns will remain as Head of the Civil Service and continue to lead public service reform, according to a government press release.

The Public Service Commission aims to appoint a new Cabinet secretary by the end of this month, and a Cabinet Office spokeswoman said funding for the post would be allocated in the next Budget.

She said: “The posts of Secretary to the Cabinet and the Head of the Civil Service are both graded at PS 50. The salary is $209,894.19.

“The funds for the post of Secretary to the Cabinet will be allocated in the 2018-19 Budget.”

The two roles have been combined since 2010, with Marc Telemaque and Donald Scott each assuming dual responsibility before Dr Binns's appointment in December 2013.

The Government said it is separating the roles in keeping with a recommendation by the 2013 Sage Commission.

The press release said John Rankin, the Governor, and David Burt, the Premier, believe the move would “place a sharper focus on public service reform”.

A government spokeswoman said: “As a result, and in accordance with the Constitution, the Governor has invited the Public Service Commission to commence the process to fill the role of Secretary to the Cabinet.

“The aim is to conclude the process later this month.”

Mr Burt thanked Dr Binns for his service in both roles, which he has held since 2013.

He added: “In those roles he has offered wise advice and guidance to three premiers and has provided strong leadership to the public service.

“I am pleased that he has agreed to now focus his skills and attention on the further development, reform and leadership of the public service.”

Mr Rankin said: “I too would record my warm thanks to Dr Binns for his service as Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service.

“I have been pleased to benefit from his advice during my tenure as Governor and look forward to his continuing contribution to maintaining and enhancing the highest standards of the public service in Bermuda.”

Derrick Binns (File photograph)

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Published January 16, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated January 16, 2018 at 1:19 pm)

Hunt for new Cabinet Secretary

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