Caymanian promoted to head DVES

| 05/09/2019
Cayman News Service
Stephen Quinland

(CNS Local Life): Stephen Quinland, the current acting director of the Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services (DVES), has been appointed as director, effective 1 September 2019, according to a release from the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure (CPI). He will oversee the DVES operations and administration, the Government Fuelling Facility and District Emergency Fuelling Facilities.

He will also be responsible for implementing the Government’s Fleet Management Programme, which includes fleet asset acquisition, maintenance and repair, asset disposal, provision of fuel, spare parts inventory, as well as developing and administering the DVES operating budget of over $5 million.

According to the ministry, the Fleet Programme has over 1,000 vehicles and equipment assigned to government agencies and departments in the Cayman Islands. It consists of diverse makes and models of motorcycles, passenger vehicles and light-heavy duty trucks. Also included in the fleet are police, hazmat emergency response vehicles, ambulances and specialised heavy equipment.

Minister Joey Hew, who has responsibility for DVES, said that Quinland “brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the post for a successful tenure, given his progressive level of responsibilities and leadership within the department”.

Chief Officer in the Ministry of CPI, Alan Jones, expressed great satisfaction with the selection of Quinland for the position, noting that the appointment of a competent Caymanian to such senior level augurs well for the civil service and that it is further evidence of good succession planning in critical areas.

“Mr Quinland is a valuable member of the Ministry of CPI’s management team. He is a loyal and dedicated worker who stepped into the acting director position when needed and we are pleased that he is fully assuming this role as Director,” Jones added.

Quinland, who has been acting director since 2018, said his promotion showed that “hard work and dedication pays off”. He sees his position as an opportunity to contribute to the government and the people of the Cayman Islands.

“We have been reviewing our services and how they affect the environment in which we work and live. We will be phasing out certain chemicals where possible and monitoring their use and disposal. We are also gearing up, through training, to support government’s commitment to the National Energy Policy in terms of our progressive conversion of fleet to more efficient alternatives,” he said.

As DVES deputy director from 2011 to 2018, Quinland assisted the director in the management of a $4.7 million annual operational budget. He was also responsible for the development of fleet administration standards and vehicle operating policies.

A civil servant since 2006, he has worked as assistant manager of licensing and as inspector at the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing.


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