Over the last four years the Public Works Department has initiated seven internal investigations, four of which ended in dismissals.
The information came to light through a Cayman 27 Freedom of Information request. Cayman 27’s Reshma Ragoonath looks at Government’s track record of dealing with rogue staffers and the public’s complaints. PWD is just one of a number of government departments and agencies Cayman 27’s have issued Freedom of Information requests for their records on internal and external investigations.
There have been a number government branches that sent back responses with no investigations like; The National Gallery, the Office of the Premier and the Cadet Corps to name a few.
PWD FOI details:
According to our records we had 7 investigations during the period in question (2014– to date)
• One (1) employee was dismissed from the Service for Serious Misconduct under Section 42 of the Personnel Regulations
• Three (3) employees were dismissed from the Service for Gross Misconduct under Section 39 of the Personnel Regulations
• Two (2) employees were disciplined for Serious Misconduct under Section 42 of the Personnel Regulations – One employee was sent to EAP for Counselling and the other employee was refrained from driving a Government Vehicle and had to repay Government for vehicle which was damaged by him.
• One (1) employee has been charged for a criminal offence and is still employed. Disciplinary action will not be taken at this time. Awaiting outcome of court case.
Please note that all investigations were done internally.
Total funds paid to employees who were put on required leave – $17,279.87