Cayman Islands chief immigration officer suspended amid investigation

Linda Evans placed on required leave

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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.  

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1 COMMENT

  1. It would be nice if Compass finds and writes about people of integrity for a change. This country is in dire need of morale-boosting stories and news.

  2. The person who is in charge of Immigration now need to also clean up their filing room big time, because certain people in there are reading peoples files and leaking out and telling their friends and neighbors about confidential information on peoples files..
    It is amazing how some people just fly under the radar and take up these positions without having their track record checked.

  3. Innocent until proven guilty, work until proven to be unfit to work. Why are these high paid employee being sent home with pay. Why not let them work, and have their approving authority curtailed or ran through a gauntlet of higher approving authority until they are proven innocent.

  4. Ms Vargas, what you say is true, and regrettably it has been so for a long time, a long while back I was given data that can only have come from there, and on enquiry, was just told that the origin was a friend of a friend!
    In fact it isn’t just civil service offices, another situation involved a complaint that X was earning more than Y, origin of the data in that case was the bank that handled our payroll, yes, a friend of a friend!
    Maybe its an Island thing!

  5. I am missing something here. I was bad so I get a 30 paid vacation. How can everyone sign up for this or is it only if you work for the government?

  6. I agree with John Levy on this, these guys should still be required to do some kind of work if they still expect to get paid. Just like cops that get put on desk duty, these guys can be put on File room or Mail room duty. Or at least have to show up and sit in their offices, not just stay home on the taxpayer’s dime.

    For MS Bell, Read the fine print articles you will find some good stories there, unfortunately bad news usually hits the headlines, but that’s the news that peaks most people’s interest, can’t blame the compass for that.

  7. Mr Frank, I try to write about things I can back up, and yes in that filing room need some serious looking into; and yes I know of two instances where information was given to, a landscaping company, and another was concerning the marriage of a Caymanian and a foreigner. Both instances this information came from a filing clerk at the Immigration Department. I am not going to call names but persons in there need to clean dishes and serve coffee, and not be able to look at peoples files. I also would go as far as to agree with you that it seems to be an Island thing. I do not know what is wrong with some of these people that they cannot see people business and keep their mouth shut; and then they blame the foreigner for taking their job. I will split justice, and I will definitely not give my people right when they are wrong.

  8. Is it that easy for a file clerk to have an access to the confidential information? If that so, than immigration service is in violation of international data protection and ptivacy laws. Does immigration service have policies in place to safequard extremely confidential information which could be easily used to harm and even ruin an individual. Identity theft is a big business.

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