On July 14 previous Senior Island Administrator Cephas Cooper was honoured in a special going-away dinner held at Abaco Beach Resort. Mr. Cooper, originally from Cooper’s Town, has been Abaco’s Senior Administrator for several years. The dinner party marked his last weekend as Abaco’s Administrator before he headed to Rock Sound, Eleuthera to take up administrative duties there.
Mr. Cooper was entertained that evening by stories from friends and colleagues he has made during his tenure on Abaco. The room, full of invited guests, laughed at stories and were touched as different people took the podium to express their gratitude and well-wishes for Mr. Cooper and his wife.
After dinner Mr. Cooper himself, along with his smiling wife, took the podium to address the crowd. He reminisced about his career and remarked that between himself and his wife they have a combined eighty plus years of experience in public service.
Mr. Cooper started his public service career in education. He was moved down to the southern islands of The Bahamas and worked his way back up to Abaco over the years. Once back in Abaco he became involved with local government and administration. Once again he was moved back to the southern Bahamas.
Years passed as Mr. Cooper continued to work his way back up the archipelago before once again returning home to Abaco to become the Senior Island Administrator. Since becoming the Administrator Mr. Cooper has overseen Abaco’s growth and struggles. However, those in public service often are kept on the move. So, once again, Mr. Cooper will take up administrative duties on another island. This time he and his wife will be in South Eleuthera.
Mr. Cooper’s post in Abaco has been taken up by Preston Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham has over forty years of experience in public service and recently served in Eleuthera but has experience in many other constituencies throughout The Bahamas.