Board gave port director second chance

| 16/05/2018 | 113 Comments
Cayman News Service

Clement Reid

(CNS): Despite finding that the litany of questionable actions by Port Director Clement Reid exposed by the auditor general did amount to gross misconduct, the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands (PACI) Board gave him a second chance because of his long service with the authority, his willingness to try to put things right and a commitment to do a better job. The board sent a warning letter to Reid in February, which has now been published by PACI. It reveals that a decision was made to not fire him but to give him a month to resolve the problems he created and place him on a 12-month probation period. 

The letter states that the board was “generally displeased” with the “sufficiently serious” misconduct exposed in a special report by the Office of the Auditor General that he could have been dismissed.

The members were particularly concerned about his failure to abide by the Public Authorities Law and Port Handbook when the director created several new jobs with inflated salaries, which they said had led to an unsustainable payroll.

Instead of firing him, the board ordered Reid to address the human resource problems and to deal with how wrecks would be handled in future, after claims in the OAG report that Reid had given an unclaimed boat to the wrong person.

The letter focuses heavily on these two issues and makes only passing references to the boat engine thefts, the excessive and allegedly unauthorised spending on the redecoration of the director’s office, and the permission given to a staff member to take 63 days paid leave in one year to assist then opposition leader McKeeva Bush. The letter required Reid to create new policies regarding these issues.

The board found Reid’s actions regarding recruitment alone justified firing him on the grounds of gross misconduct, but said they would not “adopt such a draconian course”, that the members would give him the “benefit of the doubt” and an “opportunity to make amends” by addressing the misconduct.  The letter stated that if he was able to address the personnel issues within 30 days, which would have been the end of March, he could keep his job.

Indicating that it would not tolerate any repetition of mistakes, the board said that if there was any further misconduct over the next 12 months he would be sacked immediately. The board directors said there could be no repeat of the actions but he had a chance to address the problems he had created. They also imposed new reporting rules requiring Reid to submit reports to the board every two weeks rather than monthly.

In order to address the other issues, Reid was given a 45-day window to come up with the creation of a new budget schedule for any planned overseas travel — another deadline which has now passed. He was also directed to come up with policies to address issues such as disposing of authority assets and a procurement policy.

Aside from giving the director another chance to get things right himself, they also indicated that a sub-committee had been created by the board to help him come up with a plan to address the HR issues. The members of that committee are Richard Parchment, Ken Thompson and the ex-officio member, Collector of Customs Charles Clifford.

CNS has repeatedly contacted the board and the tourism ministry about the situation but no one is commenting on Reid’s future. It is also unclear if the director has met the requirements imposed on him to stay in his lucrative post.

See warning letter in the CNS Library

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  1. Hypocrites of our Paradise says:

    When this occurred at another sister authority 2013 i don’t recall the outrage and agenda laden posts and the vicious statements yet far more cost and larger amounts of money and property were taken certainly more incidents of outrageous misconduct were cited. Same players on boards blatant nepotism and cronies appointments. The then chairman was even investigated on corruption allegations after a new board and chairman and CEO were appointed by this same government which was filled with brethren and with very serious conflicts of interest. Not a word from you posters only difference then it had the backing of then very conflicted UK governor and his stooges who’s hand and political and economic agenda was very very clear from the very onset. Down to him instructing relevant persons to award certain contracts to a certain Commonwealth country government whom they had political and financial interest. Yes Rick dear God forbid we should remember such things eh? especially when it is done to us by bastions of the pious UK Government where corruption is a myth. Yes and to all you frigging hypocrites please deal with your own shit before start pointing all calling out others. Yes please give us back our Tempura money and while you at it remove all those employed locally at the ACC, Police and others gov’t institutions the cost us over 20,000,000 Million. Better yet minus $136,000 spent on the port from that?? Yes that should give you the scope and breathe of your whining and moaning about the port director.

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  2. Fair and Balanced says:

    Here we go again, McKeeva Bush in the middle of things.

    Does the Honourable Speaker of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly believe that it was honourable to soeek out a close family relative of his that works at the port and ask that the port employee be allowed to accompany him on overseas trips? That family member subsequently lost his job at the port authority after being arrested on drug related charges. Does anyone in their right mind believe Mckeeva still has “clean hands and a pure heart’ and did an honourable act?

    In most right thinking countries in this world, the Speaker of the Parliament would have been asked to resign as Speaker because his actions were not honourable at all. Premier McLaughlin cannot do this because his government would fall apart without Mckeeva’s support and so to Premier McLaughlin, remaining in power is the most important thing, A little wrong-doing by mckeeva is not worth the government losing control. These Islands are in a sad state and there is no credible alternative to this government

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  3. Fair and Balanced says:

    Mr Reid has made some very serious mistakes that cannot be brushed aside easily.
    it is such a shame because he has a good brain!
    I know that new findings are being discovered even after the Auditor General report was written and more will continue to be discovered because there are those within the port authority that will leak information of more wrong-doing by Mr Reid, not because they are so much concerned about stamping out wrong but rather they hope to get an Acting position out of Mr Reid’s departure.
    The Board cannot command an ounce of respect from the public if they allow Mr Reid to stay, especially as more wrong doing will come to light. what message would this be sending to the rest of the civil service and the public, that you can get away with serious errors involving public funds?

    Sadly, there should only be one outcome from this, the Board should dismiss Mr Reid.
    If he stays, the public will not trust or respect him. If he stays, the Board will also lose all credibility in the eyes of the public. With an increasing tide of new discoveries against Mr Reid, the Board should dismiss Mr Reid. His dismissal will send the right message that wrong will not be condoned and, the Board will retain some twinkling of respect.
    Mr Reid needs to go, if he stays the negative stigma and loss of reputation will follow him around making him a lame duck port director.
    Make the right choice Mr Reid, resign. If Mr Reid does not resign, the Port’s Board needs to dismiss Mr Reid.
    A sad end.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    A second chance huh..SMDH. Prime example of “it na who you know, it who know you”

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Oh the so called brotherhood club rises again, seriously when will this cult be squashed. This man should have been fired and board dismantled. What a mess this government is in, what a pitiful example for the young Caymanians who are trying to make it on these islands where people and companies have already labeled them lazy, incompetent etc. We have many young intelligent educated Caymanians who could do very well and some are but behavior like this does not paint a pretty picture. Please cut the puppet strings and let’s start cleaning the government houses. There are many qualified Caymanians for these positions who are not politically tied or rather paid off. Time to get the big can of raid out and start spraying, smh.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    I have not see any response from the AG or the DG or MLA’s or Ministes regarding this decision of the board to give him a second chance.. Is it that we have all missed something here. Has the PD or the HR done anything regarding cutting these high paid salaries or made their positions redundant yet. I must have missed that memo because I have not see it. His warning letter stated the obvious regarding what he was suppose to do to reduce the Port authorities salaries and I don’t mean fire or get rid of the small men to keep on his friends with those dig salaries either. Redundant means just that. Why is it that he just got a slap on the wrist and still is the port director is beyond me. So them is he that powerful that they had to give him a second chance so he can continue his bad ethics and bad decisions of running the Port authority. I can only imagine what his staff is feeling right now. That place has no moral no accountability for doing wrong. I’m sure that those hard working men and women excluding the ones with the big salaries are all feeling like this is a really big joke to them. With all the reports from the AG the PD’s response his big ego and cocky ways he will not change nor will he cut those salaries for his friends. What he will do is try to cut staff in anyway possible to distroy people’s families or take away their livelihood as I see it. There’s no other way for him to reduce that big annual salary budget otherwise. All I seen here was him putting the blame on his HR manager that has now retired and tarnished her good name and the CFO making him look like a damn fool. Why? Wasn’t he a deputy director for many year before so how could he make such mistakes with the financies when he knew good and well what he was doing when he gave all those people such nice fat salaries over their salary bands. They all need to be redundant and make the PORT A BETTER PLACE AGAIN… HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED AND SINCE THAT DIDNT HAPPEN HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DEMOTED AT THE LEASE BUT THAT DIDNT HAPPEN EITHER. HECWAS GIVEN A SECOND CHACE… WHAT A SHAMEFUL DISGRACE THIS HAS BEEN. I guess this will be the last we hear of this matter happening. But I’m sure it won’t be the last.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Can the Financial Crime Investigation Unit please investigate?

    If the board won’t do their job, and the government won’t do their job, and the Caymanian people seem to accept this squandering of cash as part of life, please can the FCIU prosecute in order to prevent future acts of pure greed and selfishness?!

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    • Anonymous says:

      OLD BOYS CLUB ALIVE AND KICKING IN CAYMAN – What a shame and not the only industry it’s alive and kicking in….This has to stop cayman because it effects everyone…

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    • Anonymous says:

      As you may have seen in all the write ups and downs NOTHING WAS REPORTED TO THE ANTI CORRUPTION UNIT. So that means that NOTHING that the AG has said or the BOARD has said has left that Port building or wherever they hold those meetings. so as you may see it like I’m seeing it if they didn’t report it its WHY HE WAS GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE… This is the worse thing that could happen because if they had reported it he would be on SUSPENSION now.
      If money was mishandled or as he has said there was misconduct with funds and those engines as well why wasn’t it reported.. COME ON DG? where’s your head in all this misconduct… Are you somewhere in the far far away land that you don’t see what is going on or is it simply that you really don’t care.. There seems to be a crime committed here and yet every single one from the Governor straight down has not even said a single word about all this and yet the people of Cayman must sit and wonder why the hell are you all in these positions anyway? How can this be happening no but wait if it was a family member or a good good friend you all would have stepped in long time and swept it under the rug like it’s always been… This is the most disgusting bullshit and yet you all just sit back relax and don’t give a shit about what’s happening.. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU.. TIME IS LONGER THAN ROPE AND WHAT YOU SOW YOU SURELY SHALL REAP..

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  8. Darlene Dilbert says:

    Why is this guy getting Pardon and the other govement workers who has done less such as the hospital security guards, why are they not getting a second chance?? This is discrimination At it’s best if you ask me.
    Give the Sercurity guards back their jobs if this guy is getting a second chance.

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    • West Bay Premier says:

      Ms Darlene , the Security guards aren’t in the big boys club , but you have a valid point .

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    • RICK says:

      The entire Caymanian society is baised on discrimination. If Caymanians don’t like you all they have to do is to report you to their immigration friends and family and have you kicked off the island.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Well that if you livin here and your not a caymanians and don’t like what caymanians do then I will suggest you pack your bags and head back to wherever you call home because if you think I’m gonna sit here and let you say that about caymanians then you made your comment in the wrong article.. Also it’s always a reason why caymanians do what they do and it’s mostly because someone has cause havoc with a family’s life.

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      • Co worker says:

        Aaaaah Ricki not that again buddie I feel you paaaainn i understand your suffering but i aint going to loose once once sleep over your departure. The trouble with ignorance Ricki is that it picks up confidence as it goes along and you are overweight. Did not get your deposit eh! sooo much bitterness malice and ill will towards these islands. Too my gooo frieng ricki Saloote

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    • Kadion says:

      I just says NO!

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  9. Fast and Furious says:

    This is a huge shame and someone needs to be held accountable!! Should be PD , the Board or the Minister ???

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    • Anonymous says:

      I agree but we both know that no one will be. If the board doesn’t want to sack him and give him a second chance then fine but DEMOTE him.

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  10. Anonymous Caymanian says:

    What a man has done before he will do again. This is why things will never be any better around here, what’s good for the geese is good for the gander.
    Good night Hannah, this time he will bankrupt the entire department.
    F**k boi some people have luck…if that were some other poor Caymanian they would run time up at one of Her Majesty Hotel’s.
    That Lodge thing really working, majority of the Ministers are big up in Lodge that seems to be more powerful than obeah man. Smfh!

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Really now….. i wonder if all the other government entities with investigations going on with their staff will be given this same privilege????? Or is it WHO YOU ARE????

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  12. Lost on Owen Island says:

    To say that the actions of the board squarely puts them as accepting the BEHAVIOUR of their beloved PD would be a gross under statement.

    When a candidate that scored lower than 3 others and is given the job with a salary that is beyond the scale is in the writers opinion favoritism and nepotism. The DD for HR that was hired knows nothing about HR. XXXX

    The board needs to held accountable just as the PD at this time as they have now accepted his wrong doing but instead of sacking him they say “now boy don’t do it again as we are giving you a chance”. Hell, the theft of the boat engines alone would be grounds for termination.

    XXXXX

    In closing, if a customs officer and immigration officer can get arrested or put on leave for offenses that have not been proven or admitted, then why in the hell hasn’t Clement Reid, the Board and some Ministry personnel not gotten terminated for what has been proven to be willful failures to follow 2 Laws and for what I would term, misappropriation of funds.

    This whole fiasco is sickening and the uproar from the government is deafening. NOT!!!!!!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      The PD and the HR person we speak about have had a long and close relationship, so I agree- nepotism at its best.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hey everyone what you all need to look at which the public has access to is the minutes to the PA board meetings. Cayman port.com in the drop box check out the minutes from January 2018 or have a field day with them before they take them DOWN and try to hide all that juice gossip…..

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Too disgusted to comment beyond this sentence!

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Fire everyone at the port and let’s start over. While we are at it let’s fire everyone everywhere and start fresh. Are every employee everywhere re apply and show credentials and why they should work where they are. I think we would come up with an entirely different make up of employees pretty much everywhere.
    Constant covering up for LOCALS needs to stop. What the hell is the matter with everyone. Jesus Christ this place is like OZ. The U.K. needs to step in, triple the size of the prison, place all persons who belong there in there, and start over.
    This place is made of of idiots who mentor idiots, and back up other idiots.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    The chief officer of the ministry and the board should be removed.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Private sector Board Members strikes again. Folks this is the fault of the CO or any civil servant. The CO has no vote on these private sector controls boards. The minister and board is responsible.

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    • Brexit Boris says:

      And the Speaker of the House.

  17. Anonymous says:

    How about an independent public inquiry into the effects of Lodge connections on public life and procurement? And, just in case it needs to be said, and it does, the inquiry can’t be chaired by a Lodge member, in case Alden asks.

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    • Anonymous says:

      How about we don’t bother. We know the issues but are never prepared to confront them.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Ahhh… You hit the nail on the head.

      Now isn’t this ruling a blatant disregard to the Auditor General?

      Mrs Auditor do you know the Cayman Masonic lodge? Now, the lil guys in Northward who is there for selling their lil weed to feed their families must perish. This guy walks free for a laundry list.

      This idiot walks around like the world owes him due to his “BIG” ego. moms and dad prayers can’t help someone who is in the lodge either! They will be able to tell you if they know your bible…

      Free yourself up boy! Don’t think yourself high and mighty!…it may just bite you bigger next time around!

      One thing for sure Paul Hurlston did a darn good job when he was at the helm!

      He is not a lodge man so great things will always follow him! Amen Capt. Paul for raising a fine, educated and talented man!

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Someone issue the board a warning letter please. Utter nonesense.

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    • Anonymous says:

      With all the information I that warning letter all I saw was utter BULLSHIT written all over it.. shame on you PA Board chairman. I hope you can’t sleep at night.. im sure that if that was only of the lower paid staff that warning letter was written to they wouldn’t be sitting on the port property for sure..

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  19. Anonymous says:

    More evidence that the weak board needs to be held accountable.

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    • Anonymous says:

      why should they be held accountable on this island, when no one else is.

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      • RICK says:

        Only if it was a non Caymanian then they would be held accountable

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      • RICK says:

        This is why Caymanians dont want expats in top jobs. Caymanians want to do their dirty deeds and escape unscathed.
        ALL banana republics operate in this manner.

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        • Take Dat says:

          Listen man, stop your nonsense, because I much rather have a Caymanian screw up and replaced by another Caymanian, just like they do in the same places all the expats come from.

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          • Jotnar says:

            The issue being that he has NOT been replaced

            • Anonymous says:

              He can be replaced. The board removed the previous PD for a whole bunch of bullshit that they couldn’t prove so they were stuck with his salary being too high. Yet this one seems to be making the same or more I truly believe. So if the chairman has any dignity left in his body he should reconsider his actions and rehire that man and demote or better yet fire this man. He has no inkling of what he should be doing as a director but can dictate what his friend should be paid.. Utter nonsense..

          • RICK says:

            Then don’t go blaming expats for Caymanians dirty deeds

            • Anonymous says:

              You have no comprehension as to the comment on this matter.. Maybe you need to read it again cause he ain’t blaming any EXPAT for this shit..

  20. RICK says:

    Banana Republic laws, rule No1 Caymanian s for Caymanians.

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    • Take Dat says:

      Listen man, stop your nonsense, because I much rather have a Caymanian screw up and replaced by another Caymanian, just like they do in the same places all the expats come from.

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  21. anonymous says:

    The letter didn’t mention it, but that low-level employee shouldn’t be allowed any more than 20 days paid leave to drive Big Mac around Jamaica.

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  22. time for change! says:

    HE does not need a break! He needs to be held accountable for EVERYTHING! and all his “good freinds, in-laws, friends of wife and everyone he gave a job to while in his position need to go! The hiring process was unfairly done!
    Power went to his head! and he brought all his friends for the ride…FUN DONE now.
    Port staff need speak up!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yes i totally agree with you on this matter. All of the above is so correct and the over paying of certain staff members are still the same. NO CHANGES there.. why has the board not pushed the issue of getting these position redundant like they said in his warning letter. Why is he still allowed to have these people in these positions wid such big salaries and the workers that actually do all the work has not been considered to even $100 increase in their salaries. They are the ones that spend their nights at the port doing all the work and these people can go home at 4pm n relax with their families while the workers are at work all night from 6pm to 5am and sometimes later. Some of these people knows nothing about the operations yet they are the ones that are collecting this big salary at the end of each month and when they are at work in their newly renovated offices wid their legs cocked up on their ottmans. The staff of the Port Authority needs to rise up. Those hard working men work everyday to make the money for the port and yet they are not even compensated for their hard work. People always say that the Port staff make too much money but i wonder if anyone would quite their 9 to 5 job to do what these guys do?? They work in the rain if theres bad weather or any other reason to get the work done. Their days off they have to work or be called into work because of being short staffed. Did anyone know this. Probably not because of the power that has been given to one of the newly promoted deputies. That man also has too much power cause he was the one to suggest that the guys shifts be changed for more family time blah blah blah but thats not the case. These workers are being over worked and underpaid and yet the port and does not see this. They work day and nite. I wish that those port workers had someone to help them get through all the roller coaters that they are going through. But look at it from my point if view if they couldnt fire the PD how or who can help the workers now.. Aint a single word from any of the Government, AG or the CO to try and step in to help sort out the problems at the port instead the AG’s report did absolutly NOTHING except show the island what has been happening. The Board has done nothing but a slap on the ass to this man or in better terms kiss his ass. Why has or is he so powerful. Who is it that he has information on why they wont get ride of him. Could it be the APEX consultants form or the new cranes that has been brought in. I really wonder. At this point someone has to take the glory for those cranes and that saying is we are the only ones in the Caribbean with those cranes. Really so why has all the other countries even the USA gotten rid of them?? They aint worth having but wait a while maybe a good hurricane will show them.. Lets just wait n see. Or better yet if because of the PD years of service and its gonna cost the Port so much to fire him then just sell the damn cranes back and pay him off get him out

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yea yea, but you all come on here outraged, yet it happens over and over again.

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  23. Anonymous says:

    perfect story to end the nonsensical independence debate.

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  24. Anonymous says:

    The Board is totally useless and must be investigated: they have proven it beyond a shadow of doubt. Have all these deadlines been meant by Ried? If so, can the public see the results? We suspect the Board is just buying time and kicking the ball down the road and hoping this ‘double ugly’ ! Situation will evaporate. Not today Bo Bo.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Unfortunately it will work because none of us are prepared to get out on the streets and protest. Instead, me included, sit at home, spitting at the injustices we see but never prepared to jeopardize our own livelihoods.

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    • Anonymous says:

      And who the Board Chairman? Another lodge man! Now tell me how can the public get a fair and just hearing on this matter?

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  25. Anonymous says:

    And (to repeat a very scary thought from the prior article) – these muppets are going to be responsible for the dock!

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Someone should “lodge” a complaint.

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  27. Anonymous says:

    LOL! ‘We felt sorry for him?’ That’s a heck of a way to manage something as crucial to us as PACI.

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    • Westside says:

      What about the boat that was found by the young man in North Side and was giving wrongly to a port employee from East End? Isn’t that a conflict? So sad…..

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    • Anonymous says:

      Transfer Franz to the Port and replace him with Clement

      Or

      Replace Franz with Clifford.

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      • Anonymous says:

        We really, really want to replace Franz with Chuckie. You don’t know how bad…

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      • Anonymous says:

        But Clifford is on the Board that gave Clement a pass. Chuckie is a good head of department. We have an amazing Deputy Governor.

        If he was not amazing he would not receive these jealous comments.

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        • Anonymous says:

          I personally don’t think it anything to do with JEALOUSY here. The matter of the fact is that I have personally spoken to the port workers whom tried to get a meeting with the DG and all now NO RESPONSE FROM HIM. What someone has his hands tired along with his brain I guess. These employees are a part of the Government wether we like it or not, so why now that they are asking for his help that he has turned his back to them. Remember the higher you climb up the ladder is the same way you can reach the bottom. He is responsibly for all government employees wether it’s a statutory board or an immediate civil servant but what comes to my mind is wether he’s also a Lodge member because remember they have to look out for one another regardless. What the DG should have done was call a meeting with the PA staff, hear their concerns and try to do whatever he could to assure them of their jobs their pay and whatever else just like how he does every month with the civil servants employee of the month and so on. He has not responded to anything thus far regarding all this and I’m quite sure he was a part why the AG was notified about all misconduct with the port authorities Director. Take a look at the warning letter that was given to the PD it plainly states that he must undo all the wrongs he did and/or get rid of staff which he tried to do like the port truckers and security and even the people who are 60 which retirement ain’t til 65 so that he can try to save money to keep his goonies in this high end paying jobs. Now to my knowledge it was probably about 8 or 9 people that he hires that was his good friends, friend of friends, brothers law, nephews sister are amounts these hired and paid more than the salary band that was advertised for this positions. So you can see it has absolutely nothing to do with JEALOUSY. IT HAS TO DO WITH WHAT HE WAS ALSO PUT IN THAT POSITION TO DO FOR ALL THE EMPLOYEES OF THE GOVERNMENT.

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        Franz REALLY needs to needs to be moved from where he is.

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  28. Jotnar says:

    “….the boat engine thefts, the excessive and allegedly unauthorised spending on the redecoration of the director’s office, and the permission given to a staff member to take 63 days paid leave in one year to assist then opposition leader McKeeva Bush. The letter required Reid to create new policies regarding these issues”. –

    well, that shouldn’t have taken too long. Don’t steal, don’t spend somoen else’s money on yourself, and don’t pay your employees to work for someone else’s benefit. There, that didn’t take long.

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  29. Marcus says:

    Well look at this now…my how the tables have turned. I guess him creating positions for people XXXXX didn’t work out the way they hoped. Last year they advertised big paying jobs but gave them to unqualified people because of connections, but look at that now. The board should review everyone’s salary and demote him. Other authorities’ CEO that were in the heat in the medias eyes a few years ago got fired but this one remains? What goes for one should go for all. He can’t create positions and big salaries for people just because he knows them.

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  30. Anonymous says:

    lodge???

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  31. Anonymous says:

    thank god for caymankindness in the civil service…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    this place is like a bad joke on repeat everyday….

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  32. Cess Pita says:

    This could only happen in the Cayman Islands. It’s the age old Caymanian way – “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”. So many locals have dirty little secrets they will excuse others to preserve them. If Reid who has lost all credibility is not sacked immediately then the whole of Government has no credibility either.

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    • Anonymous says:

      You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried, doing what the board has done, makes them just as stupid or corrupt as the Director…either way they should all be sacked for sheer incompetence, nepotism and for a total lack of accountability

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      • Anonymous says:

        The CEO, the Board (who first removed a competent and proven/tested CEO in the person of Paul Hurlstone Jr, XXXX AND the Government Minister AND Premier who have been NOTABLY SILENT about this ongoing fiasco, should all be shown the door..According to the PPM’s manifesto, they were a Government of transparency and accountability. What a crock of “do do”…Time for us to “chase the crazy baldheads out of town”.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry but I cannot think of one person who has credibility in government, from either side of the house.

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  33. Anonymous says:

    um, criminal charges?

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  34. Anonymous says:

    Seriously, you CANNOT make this stuff up, eh!
    He has pals in high places….Which is another reason he was left unchecked and unconcerned about what he was doing.

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      Big Mac helped him out maybe?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Lodge!!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      This is worse than I can ever imagine… Imagine how his staff feels now that he has been given a second chance so what about the one that was forced to resign because of those boat engines. Where’s the justice in that matter. Shouldn’t he be given a second chance too cause I’m sure he was and is a very good friend of the PD.

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  35. SwiftBoat58 says:

    My goodness, please give the guy a break. It makes me so sad that my fellow citizens are so willing to crucify our own. Don’t we all make mistakes and have slips in judgment? I’ve always been taught that you have a consequence, then be given a chance to rectify the mistakes. The consequence is that the board has put the necessary checks and balances in place to ensure additional accountability while putting him on notice, not to mention the embarrassment of all of the negative publicity.

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    • Anonymous says:

      “slips in judgement”? seriously! tell you what let all the prisoners out of Northward and all over for that matter for their “slips in judgement”

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    • Anonymous says:

      “Slips in judgement?” Leaving your keys in the car and locking it is a slip in judgement. Granting someone leave thinking the already short staffed department can handle it is a slip in judgement. Doing what he did is a complete lapse of judgement. It was a “slip in judgement” he was appointed to begin with.

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    • Anonymous says:

      You’re right. He should pay back the payroll for the positions he improperly created, the paid leave for those salaries, the office renovation costs, the stolen wrecks, and boat engines. Then he should be fired for cause, and the Board reviewed by ACC.

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    • Anonymous says:

      His judgement didn’t slip. He charted a course towards nepotism, self-aggrandisement and incompetence and set sail towards it with determination.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yep…He who is without sin….

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  36. Anonymous says:

    If they would have fired him he would have been replaced by an expat because there is no Caymanian qualified. Can you imagine the uproar that would have caused. It all goes back to uncontrolled development.

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    • Anonymous says:

      There was a tried and proven Caymanian in the position for the last decade and a half; his name is Paul Hurlstone Jr.

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  37. Anonymous says:

    And the f**kery continues.

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  38. Anonymous says:

    Thank goodness for some clear thinking.

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  39. Anonymous says:

    And the Board stays? If it was a company, the shareholders would have voted the Board out and demanded the CEO be replaced…..IF

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  40. Anonymous says:

    Let see…A surgeon kills or mutilates patients for the lack of education, experience and inability to understand rules and regulations; a baker bakes bread you can’t eat; an enginner designs buildings and bridges that collapse; a pilot nearly crashes an aircraft for he doesn’t know what he is doing. Is it possible in a real world? Obviously it is possible in the Cayman islands. And you even get a second chance. Is he at least going to attend some educational courses, preferable the one that require examination upon completion and obtain some sort of relevant certifications?
    When you’re qualified to pave driveways but was given to manage the country’s education system, what do you think is going to happen?

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  41. General Ian Competance says:

    The Board indicated Mr. Reid was a completely incompetent, quite possibly criminally complicit chocolate teapot, but could they have another cup of tea, please.

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  42. Anonymous says:

    Ha! Love it. Gets a second chance after “gross misconduct”. What does a well connected Caymanian have to do to get fired in the civil service?! Shoot someone in cold blood?

    (I know, I know, “it’s an authority”. If you think that’s not the same as being a civil servant, see above).

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      The authorities will tell you quickly they are core government when there is a pay freeze lol

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  43. Anonymous says:

    The things happening at the port are nothing compared to events in the Brac at district administration. How come nobody interested in investigating that mess been going on for decades?

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  44. Anonymous says:

    By any standards this list of wrong doing merits dismissal, and more! So what this really calls into question is the merits of the overseeing Board!
    The only one to come out of this without a stain on his character is McKeeva, ok it would have been obvious to most decent people that it was wrong to accept the services of Government paid personnel for personal ends, but I bet there isn’t a written and specific Government ruling on that, yet! And anyway, as long as he now reimburses the money, he’s fine by any standards. Isn’t he?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Once again, look at who you mentioned. The man is Teflon coated and the sheeple in WB made him that way.

  45. MI6 in Paradise says:

    The entire PACI Board of Directors must now be replaced by Cabinet as a result of this letter. Additionally the port director must be fired for gross misconduct. There is no accountability within the Cayman governance model. Port, garbage collection, multiple ministries it’s the same nonsense and corruption. Time for the Governor to intervene to demonstrate leadership and set the new standards of accountability.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Cabinet ain’t an improvement.

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    • Two Cents says:

      Haha; well you know that ain’t gonna happen.
      McKeeva running things now and no way Moses dare touch Richard Parchment.
      P.S. Aldone carrying the title; Mc carrying the stick = Aldone & Moses do as Mc say
      Why you think China Harbour back in the race:).

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    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry Bo Bo the Cabinet needs to be replaced so guess wha! Nothing is going to happen… Just like in any big organization as well as Government they take care of their own. Just saying. CONgrats to him . Notice the “CON” is in caps . lol

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    In this mental asylum of an island we live on, do the guards know that they too are inmates?

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  47. Paper trails says:

    Corruption>Accountability=The Caymanian way.

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  48. Anonymous says:

    The public sector – where under-performance is the only performance and mis-management is mandatory. Is there any government department not a complete shambles?!

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    • Jar Jar Binks says:

      Interesting. But isn’t this sort of thing a clear warning to the deadwood and underperformers in all government jobs? Mr Reid has his work cut out for him.

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