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Health and Community Services Appointment of Interim Chief Officer (FOI)

Health and Community Services Appointment of Interim Chief Officer (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 20 April 2023.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


Regarding the appointment of Chris Bown as Chief Officer at Health & Community Services on a one-year contract.


Was Mr Bown appointed to the guidelines of the Appointments Commission?


Did any other candidates apply?


Was the post advertised externally and internally?


Was the appointment process transparent?


Were all stages of the process documented?


Is the appointment process available for audit?

If the answer to any of the above is no, please explain why that is the case.


The appointment of the Chief Officer for Health and Community Services did not follow the guidelines of the Jersey Appointments Commission. An exemption to open recruitment was approved by the States Employment Board in consultation with the Minister for Health and Social Services. The rationale for this decision has been addressed in the States Assembly:

WQ.209/2023.pdf (

Suitable internal candidates were approached before taking this decision.

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