Online Poll: Bar politicians from hiring civil servants

Politicians ranked dead last in this week’s poll, with respondents categorically opposing elected representatives being involved in hiring civil servants. 

“Who should be directly responsible for hiring Cayman’s civil servants” was the poll query, which drew 258 votes, most advocating direct authority by those closest to the particular circumstances of any hiring/firing decision. 

The “directors of government departments” was the most popular response, based on the sense that anyone overseeing an operation understands the requirements of any vacancy far better than others. 

Drawing 101 votes, 39.2 percent of the total, the category outpaced the second-ranked “chief officers and deputy governor” by 17 votes. 

“The directors of the departments know their employment needs so they should be the ones responsible. Chief officers, deputy governors, governors and especially politicians have nothing to do with it,” opined one voter, asking the obvious: “Does Butterfield check with the chairman in Bermuda before hiring? No. Does Burger King check with the chairman in Iowa before hiring? No. Leave it to the departments who know what they’re after.” 

Others opted for devolving responsibility to human resource departments rather than directors: “Government human resource departments, which are then overseen by the U.K. governor,” said one.  

Another echoed, “The directors, through human resources officers, should be the ones responsible. This of course would depend on the level being hired. The higher the rank, naturally, the higher the person/office [that is] responsible. At no time should elected officials hire.” 

Coming second with 84 votes and 32.6 percent was that “civil service chief officers and [the] deputy governor” should be responsible. 

And that, said one voter, is “so that family and friends are not hired.” 

“[The governor] is totally independent and not in any way affected by local relationships, nepotism or corrupt activities,” offered one voter. 

By looking after the employment of several thousand civil servants, another voter said, Governor Helen Kilpatrick would “ensure no favoritism from others wanting to employ their friends/family, and to ensure the person being employed has the correct qualifications.” 

The “Other” option, usually in last place in Compass polls, this week, with 32 votes and 12.4 percent of the total, placed fourth, giving “elected politicians” pariah status in regard to civil-service hiring. 

Some voters offered alternatives for employing civil servants. 

“Return to the system of having a Public Service Commission which will have a panel of at least three persons: head of the department, direct supervisor (if possible) and a representative from the Deputy Governor’s office/professional, such as retired civil servant, preferably with experience and expertise in the position to be filled,” suggested one voter. 

“Why can’t Cayman have a central job center where all jobs are advertised? This way you have a way to see exactly what and who is out there,” came a second idea. 

Next week’s poll question: 

Christmas is upon us. If able, what gift would you offer? 

Universal peace (explain) 

Family values (explain) 

A slower pace of life (explain) 

Cheap groceries 

Other (explain) 

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