In light of recent questions raised by the media concerning Bernie Bush’s resignation, I would appreciate if you could allow me the opportunity to correct the misinformation that appeared in the article captioned ‘Bernie Bush takes temporary leave from Pirates Week post’ in the Caymanian Compass on Tuesday, 26 March, 2013. I wish to categorically state that the Tourism Attraction Board did not grant Mr. Bush a two months leave of absence as reported; nor did the board promised to rehire Mr. Bush should he wish to rejoin the Pirates Week Office at a later date.
Mr. Bush’s letter of resignation was received by me on 5 March, 2013, and his resignation was effective as of 15 March, 2013.
In his letter of resignation, Mr. Bush did request that the board waive the standard three months resignation notice required under his employment contract and this was approved by the board.
It is correct that Mr. Bush did verbally request a two months sabbatical; however, he was clearly and definitively informed that this was not possible and should he have the desire and opportunity to reapply for his old job, his application would be subject to the normal recruiting process.
The board thanks Mr. Bush for his commitment to the Pirates Week Festival and wishes him well in his future endeavours.
On behalf of the board, I wish to thank you for your kind consideration in correcting this misinformation and misperception presented to your readers.
CEO, Tourism Attraction Board