Port Authority director post still vacant

The Cayman Islands Port Authority continues to look for a new port director.

According to an ad published Friday, that has already been posted over several weeks, the authority said it is “seeking a dynamic Port Director who will be responsible for defining and implementing the strategy and vision of the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands”.

A yearly package range of $134,720 to $196,296, inclusive of salary, benefits and allowances, has been advertised for the post. The deadline for applications is 18 Oct.

The ad also said that preference will be given to suitably qualified and experienced Caymanians.

The port director post became vacant with the removal of former director Clement Reid, whose employment was terminated November 2018.

Reid was suspended in May last year in the aftermath of a damning auditor general’s report which highlighted breaches of hiring rules and excessive spending on office upgrades, among a number of concerns.

The auditors also flagged the suspected theft of boat engines, which was not reported to police, as a concern. An internal investigation was launched following the findings.

Roughly six months later, the Port Authority ended his employment “by mutual consent”. The circumstances of his departure, as well as the findings of the internal investigation into Reid’s performance, were never made public.

Deputy Director Joseph Woods has been acting director since Reid’s removal.