HM Customs officer Philip West has been promoted to the post of assistant collector after 24 years with the department.
Most recently, he had been leading the container scanning operations.
“I am humbled and delighted to be given the opportunity to serve my department and my country in the capacity of assistant collector of customs,” Mr. West said in a press release. “I will continue to strive for excellence in service, while protecting our borders and safeguarding the government’s revenue.”
Mr. West said his advice for young Caymanians is “never give up.” He explained, “This was my second time applying for the ACC position and this time, seven persons had applied. Work hard and your worth will be noticed and appreciated. Make sure you make the most of the educational opportunities you receive and give that your best shot.”
The department named him senior customs officer of the year in 2014. Mr. West has training in drug detection and interdiction, firearms and self defense, according to the statement.