Gloria McField-Nixon has been erroneously named as a 38 year-old government administrator who was arrested in August on suspicion of theft.
The article published in today's Cayman Compass named McField-Nixon as the person arrested for allegedly stealing rent money over a five year period whilst working in the Facilities Management Department. The person has not yet been charged but is accused of not passing on money collected during that time to the respective accounts personnel.
Mc-Field-Nixon is a career civil servant who has served for decades in various capacities. She is in her 40s and a well respected Chief Officer for the Portfolio of the Civil Service where she has been since May 2009.
McField-Nixon obtained a BA in Communications from Howard University in Washington DC and has held various senior-level positions with the Cayman Islands government including chief officer for the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Investment and Commerce and chief officer for the Portfolio of the Civil Service.
She undertook legal studies at the Cayman Islands Law School and obtained her LLB (Hons) and completed the PPC with distinction whilst working full time. She completed her Articles of Clerkship with Walkers in March 2012 and then returned to the Cayman Islands Government.
She also on occasions serves as the Acting Deputy Governor. She is well respected among her colleagues and many admire her professional standards and personal ethics. One of her colleagues who wishes to remain anonymous said “I was surprised upon reading the paper this morning to see this.” The person went on to say how there were many red flags that should have guided the newspaper to know this could not have been true.
First of all it would have been common knowledge had a high ranking civil servant resigned. Secondly she has never worked in the Facilities Department at an administrative level. I would have thought everyone knew that Gloria has been a Chief Officer for a number of years. Additionally the age just doesn't match.
Another colleague who previously worked with McField-Nixon shared his shock at the misguided allegations. He stated,
I saw the story online Thursday night and immediately knew it was incorrect. Ms. Gloria is an honest, hard working, intelligent Individual whose character is above reproach. shame on the Cayman Compass. They need to stop printing fake news!
CMR understand that the Compass is having all physical newspapers pulled from the shelves at this time. The story also no longer appears online but can still be found on their subscribed/paid forum.
CMR is naturally sympathetic to the Compass and are sure they will issue an immediate retraction and apology.
CMR is aware of the name of the accused person but will publish that in a separate story.