Suspension of port director extended

Cayman Islands Port Authority Director Clement Reid had his suspension extended, according to minutes from recent board meetings.

Mr. Reid was suspended “for a period of up to three months” in May in connection with an internal investigation at the authority.

Minutes from an Aug. 16 meeting of the Port Authority board of directors, recently posted online, indicate that members voted to renew that suspension for a further three months.

Joey Woods, acting director of the port, referred questions on the suspension to board chairman Errol Bush, who could not be reached Wednesday.

Mr. Reid was suspended from his job in May in the aftermath of a damning auditor general’s report that highlighted breaches of hiring rules and excessive spending on office upgrades, among a number of concerns. The suspected theft of boat engines, which was not reported to police, was also highlighted as a concern by auditors.

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The port board said, at the time, that it was “generally displeased” with Mr. Reid but opted not to terminate his employment. Around a week later, Mr. Reid was suspended from his job.

Board chairman Mr. Bush said at the time that the suspension was related to some matters in the auditor general’s report but pertained to other issues as well. Mr. Bush told the Cayman Compass the suspension was not an indication that Mr. Reid had done anything wrong, but rather that he could not continue in his position as director while the internal investigation was proceeding.

The board minutes from Aug. 16 also indicate that police investigations are “still ongoing.” It doesn’t say what aspect of the port’s activities are being investigated and Mr. Woods declined to clarify for what he described as “obvious reasons.”

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