Administrator Preston Cunningham took up post on Abaco again on July 18 during a Changing-Over Ceremony with former Senior Island Administrator Cephas Cooper.
Born on Crooked Island, Cunningham’s public service career began at the age of 14 when he began teaching at an all-age school on Long Cay. He contributed a total of 20 years to the development of education in The Bahamas as a principal in the southeastern islands, and served as a Superintendent of Education in his remaining three years.
Switching from Education to Local Government, Administrator Cunningham began as a Family Island Commissioner in 1991, and by 1996 when Local Government was introduced, he was reclassified as an administrator.
Administrator Cunningham has currently given twenty one years of his life to Local Government, and in that time he has worked on every Family Island except Andros and Grand Bahama.
Looking back, some would remember that he served on Abaco about fifteen years ago as the administrator in South Abaco. Before returning to Abaco, however, he resided in Governor’s Harbour, Harbour Island and Cat Island in a twenty-two month span.
He expressed that returning to Abaco was “like coming back home” based on the welcome he has received from residents. He is excited to see what Central Abaco has to offer as he looks forward to support from others because as an administrator Mr. Cunningham said they are required to wear numerous hats. For instance, while in Inagua, he recalled being the district postmaster at the Post Office, and he was called on to perform court duties.
Nevertheless, he has one main goal for Abaco.
“I will work with the people for the good of the land,” he shared. “Marsh Harbour is very complex, so an administrator must be flexible and alert at all times.”
As a direct link between the government and the people, he added that he will ensure that all government policies are carried out and that all of its interests are protected while he reminds people of what they are supposed to be doing.
Although he admitted that there have been some challenges and adverse conditions at times, he has enjoyed a good time in public life overall. Currently he is looking forward to relocating to the new facilities provided for him and his colleagues at the new government administrative complex.
Administrator Preston Cunningham is also a licensed Baptist Minister. He has been married to Margaretta Cunningham for thirty five years and the couple has three children.