Sark will have its first full-time senior administrator from next month – following a recommendation from Manx civil servant Colin Kniveton.
Mr Kniveton went on a four month secondment from his post as chief executive of the Department of Economic Development in November last year to help create a civil service in the tiny Channel Island.
Sark was Europe’s last feudal state until a fully democratic government was elected in 2006.
Mr Kniveton recommended the Chief Pleas adopt a full-time senior civil servant to oversee the administrative support team and to work with the conseillers to ensure the proposals approved by the government are moved forward.
Kath Jones will take up that post next month.
She was chosen from among 47 candidates from Sark, the UK, Jersey and Guernsey and will move from the UK to the island to take up the new post next month.
The decision to create the post at a cost of £35,000 was made in May, reversing an earlier decision to reject the proposal on cost grounds.
A Tynwald scrutiny committee raised concerns about Mr Kniveton’s secondment to Sark.
The move meant Chris Corlett was switched to head up DED from his post as chief executive in Social Care, a department which is steering through major reforms.
When he returned from the Channel Island, Mr Kniveton was given a new role in the Chief Secretary’s Office, reviewing the range of services provided by government as part of the Scope of Government exercise.
He was subsequently appointed chief executive of the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure.
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