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Dec 12, 2016

David Leacock Leaves as C.E.O. for Education; ex-C.E.O. Candelaria Saldivar Retires

Late this evening, G.O.B. confirmed a story we have been following. Chief Executive Officer David Leacock, who has been the departmental head of the Ministry of Education since 2008, vacates his post at the end of December after tendering his resignation back in September.  Leacock verbally notified Minister of Education Patrick Faber of his intention to step down, followed by a letter to the prime minister. The motive has not been confirmed.  In other news from government, former C.E.O. in the Ministry of Immigration Candelaria Saldivar has been placed on early retirement.  That decision comes from Prime Minister Barrow whose portfolios include the Ministry of the Public Service.  After being sidelined in May 2015, following complaints of Saldivar’s purported management style, she was placed on paid administrative leave and was receiving her full benefits for over a year while sitting at home doing nothing. 

Candelaria Saldivar

During that time; however, government was unable to find a suitable position for Saldivar that is comparable to her role as Chief Executive Officer.  Nineteen months later, a decision has been taken to compensate her approximately one hundred thousand dollars, apart from benefits.  PM Barrow admits that they could not find a proper place for Saldivar, therefore opting to have her retire at the age of forty-seven.


Isani Cayetano

“The retirement of Candelaria Saldivar as the C.E.O.  We understand that she was, in a sense, retired early.  Can you speak to us on the decision to have her retire at this point in time?”


Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“It is that we just could not find another C.E.O. slot for her.  The thing is that once she was promoted to C.E.O., after she ceased being a C.E.O. she could not be reverted back to her junior or certainly in comparison to her C.E.O. post, the junior position she formerly occupied in the public service.  So we were there knowing that we couldn’t prejudice her, we couldn’t do any injustice to her.  Trying to find a position that would be at least equivalent to the C.E.O.’s position it took a long time and of course everybody was getting extremely antsy about the fact that we had to be paying her and she was at home basically twiddling her thumbs.  I am sure she was, herself, extremely upset about that situation.  It’s been brought to a close now, it’s being retired early and I stress, not because of any wrongdoing on her part.  This is without prejudice, so to speak, but there is now certainty, she can proceed to perhaps doing something else outside of the public service and we can move on.”


At the time, Saldivar was collecting an annual salary of roughly sixty thousand dollars, plus stipends and benefits, together with vehicle, entertainment and housing allowances.  In a release issued late this evening, the Ministry of Education has announced that C.E.O. Leacock will be succeeded by Debbie Dominguez, current General Manager of Anglican Schools.

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1 Response for “David Leacock Leaves as C.E.O. for Education; ex-C.E.O. Candelaria Saldivar Retires”

  1. kmh says:

    No replacement yet for nich president haylock either…are some top posts just going to go unfilled? Budget pressure?

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