Abaco’s newly appointed Senior Deputy Family Island Administrator, Maxine Duncombe, was appointed on Aug. 21. She spent her early years in Cooper’s Town attending Cooper’s Town Primary School, and later Cooper’s Town High School, which is now known as S.C. Bootle High School. “It is where I got my grounding,” …
Abaco’s newly appointed Senior Administrator, Charles Moss, went to Hope Town on his first day on Abaco, December 19, to attend a meeting of the Hope Town District Council.
The Central Abaco Public Events Committee presented a red carpet affair with a Christmas Banquet and Award Presentation at the Bahamas Government Complex on Dec. 12. The event recognized public servants who have served the government for 25 years or more.
Following the retirement of South Abaco's former Administrator, Joshua Smith, last year after a short tenure, the post was temporarily filled by administrator for Central Abaco, Preston Cunningham, who had the arduous task of administrating both large districts.
The Rotary Club of Abaco celebrated its 42 anniversary on August 19. Long-time members reminisced about the start of the club and changes that have occurred throughout the years. The club’s welcomed a special guest: Island Administrator Preston Cunningham, who joined them for dinner.
Joshua Smith arrived to take up the office of Administrator for South Abaco on July 15 having previously enjoyed two years and eight months as Island Administrator for Crooked Island. “Abaco is larger and there are more people than Crooked Island so there is obviously more work to do but I have been warmly welcomed by the friendly people here and I’m enjoying it very much and looking forward to serving the people of South Abaco,” stated Administrator Smith. Mr. Smith’s first posting as an Administrator was in 2009 to Crooked Island. This followed a six-month period of training in Nassau and then some time working alongside the Administrator in West Grand Bahama. Mr. Smith is no stranger to Abaco since during his many years of work with the Ministry of Works and later as Chief Estate Officer for the Ministry of Education he frequently travelled to Abaco to inspect schools. He was also responsible for the building of schools, one of which was Man O War Cay School in the early 90s.
An appreciation dinner was held in the Community Hall, Sandy Point, on July 21 to honour former Administrator for South Abaco, Benjamin Pinder. Mr. Pinder was hoping to work until his contract expired in September 2013, but was replaced by an Administrator from Nassau, Joshua Smith, who arrived to take up office on July 15. In an emotional farewell speech, Mr. Pinder said, “I am a little saddened at leaving my post but I was taught whenever one is down one should stand up, shake it off and move on so that is what I will do.
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.