Linda Evans placed on required leave
Cayman Islands Chief Immigration Officer Linda Evans was put on required leave – suspended with pay – late Monday, the Ministry of Home Affairs has confirmed.
In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, the ministry stated that Ms. Evans had been placed on required leave with immediate effect, in relation to a “number of allegations of misconduct by the CIO, which require a full investigation.
The Cayman Compass has confirmed from multiple government sources that the suspension, which is expected to last at least 30 days, is in connection with an investigation into an award of Caymanian status and other administrative matters.
Ms. Evans has been suspended under provisions of the government’s Personnel Regulations, which state: “The appointing officer (with the approval of the Head of the Civil Service if the period of leave is to be more than 30 days) may require an employee to go on Required Leave where the appointing officer deems it to be in the public interest for the employee to do so, and that leave shall be leave on full pay for such period as the appointing officer deems necessary.”
According to the ministry, the required leave provision was invoked “to allow the allegations to be investigated quickly and thoroughly.”
Ms. Evans could not be reached for comment by press time.
Her suspension marked the second time in a month that a senior immigration official was removed from her job in connection with an investigation.
On Monday, the Compass reported that Immigration’s director of boards and work permits, Kimberley Davis, was placed on required leave on Nov. 7. Mrs. Davis declined to comment in relation to an investigation into alleged administrative infractions. She remained on paid leave Tuesday.
Ministry officials did not state whether the two suspensions were connected in any way.
A third top immigration official, Deputy Chief Officer Garfield Wong, was charged with traffic offenses in relation to an incident late last year. Mr. Wong was not suspended and remains on the job.
Deputy Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith will lead the department in Ms. Evans’s absence, ministry chief officer Eric Bush confirmed.