Career civil servant and former Director of Hazard Management Cayman Islands (“Hazard Management”), McCleary Frederick has announced that he will be running for the constituency of East End in the upcoming May Election.
A seasoned former civil servant of 36 years, Mr. Frederick believes his experience as a leader at the community, national and regional level places him in a good position for becoming a Member of Cayman’s Parliament. He is also a passionate mentor to young Caymanians, having a genuine desire to help them attain greater heights within their careers.
Mr. Frederick’s contribution to improving the resilience of Cayman throughout his career was noticed internationally. He was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference in 2017 for his contributions to hurricane preparedness, the first person from outside the United States to be bestowed such an award.
Before becoming the Director of Hazard Management Cayman Islands, an entity that he helped create, Mr. Frederick was the Chief Building Control Officer in the Planning Department and was instrumental in the development of the Building Control Unit and the writing of the Building Code Regulations and the Cayman Island’s Building Code. During his tenure within the civil service, Mr. Frederick also worked at the Public Works Department and acted as Deputy Chief Secretary (which now equates to Chief Officer) and other senior positions.
“Even though I have been retired for a few years, I continue to have a desire and drive to be of service to the country and the community,” he stated. “I’ve been part of the East End community all my life and I believe, based upon my experience, I would be able to provide a strong and stable leadership and representation for the people of East End Community.”
One of his concerns is the lack of long-term infrastructure planning at the national level.
“Infrastructure is the underlying foundation of sustainable development and includes personnel, buildings, roads, transportation systems, communication networks, sewage, water, and electric systems and I believe we have been reactive rather than proactive in developing our infrastructure,” he said. “Development has outpaced infrastructure and it appears we are always trying to catch up. As the population increases and the Country develop, we should strategically invest in our infrastructure to enhance our economic growth and our standing in the global economy.”
Mr. Frederick further noted that “East End seems to always be last on the list to get any infrastructure or other needs addressed”. He is particularly keen on ensuring his East End community receives the focus it deserves when it comes to development and the improvement of the lives of the residents of East End.