Norman Bodden named to Anti-Corruption Commission

More than a year after the two private members left their posts on the Anti-Corruption Commission, the governor has named Norman Bodden of Bodden & Bodden Attorneys at Law and Bodden Corporate Services to the commission.

Norman Bodden has been appointed to the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Norman Bodden has been appointed to the Anti-Corruption Commission.

The commission, made up of the police commissioner, the auditor general, the complaints commissioner and two members appointed by the governor, has not had a meeting since Feb. 13, 2015. The two private members left at the end of their terms last February.

Complaints Commissioner Nicola Williams left the job more than a year ago and government has not yet picked a permanent replacement. Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick left his post in September, leaving Acting Auditor General Garnet Harrison in his place.

Commissions Secretariat Manager Deborah Bodden confirmed the governor appointed Mr. Bodden on Dec. 1, 2015, but there has been no public announcement. Ms. Bodden said the second member has not yet been named, “though we expect this will be done shortly.”

She said the Anti-Corruption Commission will have a meeting next month.

Acting Auditor General Garnet Harrison said he has been invited to next month’s meeting, describing it as a training session to get new members, himself included, “up to speed.”

He said he expects a separate announcement in the coming weeks on the selection of a permanent auditor general. The commission, Mr. Harrison said in a recent interview, “is supposed to play an important role in the Cayman Islands.”

Mr. Bodden is no stranger to business and politics in Cayman. In addition to his business interests, he spent 12 years as a member of the Legislative Assembly from 1980 to 1992. He has previously served on several public boards, including the Immigration Board, and was awarded the Order of the British Empire.

Mr. Bodden is off island and could not be reached for comment by press time.