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Port Director admits departing from handbook in OAG addendum

Port Director Clement Reid’s responses to the Auditor General’s Office after a scathing report on potential abuses fails to remove concerns.

An addendum to the OAG’s report – released late last week – details Mr. Reid’s responses in all but two of the thirteen breaches listed in the original report.

More than a week after its near-final report on potential abuses and fraud was made public through an FOI request, the Office of the Auditor General has released an updated version along with an addendum to the original.

It includes summaries of Mr. Reid’s responses to the OAG clarification questions following his 26 January response to 13 non-compliant acts listed in the original report.

The OAG said this addendum should be read in conjunction with Mr. Reid’s response to the report.

Mr. Reid reportedly sent a copy of his 85-page response to a print media outlet. Cayman 27’s polite request for the document last week from Mr. Reid was met with a referral to Port Board Chairman Errol Bush, who didn’t bother to respond to our multiple email inquiries.

An FOI request to obtain this document was submitted today.

Answering OAG follow-ups on numerous HR breaches, Mr. Reid cited lack of competence in his HR manager, saying the Port didn’t have the structure or resources to handle key functions, saddling him with additional HR functions even though he lacked requisite experience.

He also admitted departing from the handbook in at least one instance.

According to the addendum, Mr. Reid admitted if he did have all the available evidence, he would have made a different decision regarding the release of a wrecked vessel under dispute to a Port Authority employee.

As for the $130,000 in renovation expenditures, including $30,000 in rugs, chairs, and vases. Mr. Reid admitted the absence of a business case or public tender process.

The OAG told Cayman 27 its investigation was launched after issues surfaced during its interim financial audit at the port.

Mr. Reid’s clarifications failed to remove the OAG’s concerns in at least nine of thirteen non-compliant acts listed in the report.

The OAG maintains Mr. Reid contravened the Public Authorities Law in at least two hirings.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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