New enforcement staff join commerce department

From left, Department of Commerce and Investment Director Ryan Rajkumarsingh and Head of Business Services and Licensing Mitzi Watson-Jervis with new staff members Michelle Minzett, Claudia Brady, Jamian McFarlane and Jessie Melbourne.

Four new staff members have joined the Department of Commerce and Investment over the past month to bolster business licensing enforcement and customer service, according to the department.

Former police chief inspector Claudia Brady took up her post as the head of compliance and enforcement in the department in late March.

She will manage investigations under commerce-related laws, such as the Trade and Business Licensing, Local Companies Control, Liquor Licensing, Music and Dance, and Film Exhibition Control laws. She will also monitor the activities of designated non-financial businesses and professionals, a statement from the department read.

“I previously was a chief inspector with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service as the district commander for George Town,” Mrs. Brady said. “My main responsibilities were to manage the day-to-day operations of the district and address areas of concern from residents and businesses alike.” She added that she is looking forward to imparting her “law enforcement experience and assisting the business community with its efforts to comply with licensing requirements.”

Mrs. Brady will be assisted by another newcomer, Senior Compliance Officer Jessie Melbourne, who started work with the Department of Commerce and Investment in early March. Ms. Melbourne also previously worked for the RCIPS, as a sergeant who managed the Crime and Criminal Records Office and administered the RCIPS records management database.

According to DCI, Ms. Melbourne “will ensure the department operates in line with the parameters of internal policies and regulatory requirements, and confirm that proper due diligence is gathered on business owners.”

Michelle Minzett and Jamian McFarlane joined DCI as customer experience associates in late March. They will help people submitting applications and requesting information.

DCI Director Ryan Rajkumarsingh said the new recruits will support DCI in meeting the needs of the local business community.

“I’m grateful for the additional staff, who will help with the licensing and regulation for businesses covered by the laws that DCI administers,” he said.

“While it is still a small department, DCI intends to meet its obligations to all stakeholders, and our capable new recruits will allow us to better complete our assignments.”