(CMR) Joseph Woods the Acting Cheif Executive Officer at the Cayman Islands Port Authority (PACI) has resigned from his acting position effective next week. His resignation comes as a result of his inability to work with several members of the board because he felt he was “being undermined by them”.
Sources familiar with the situation indicate that is likely that Woods will resign entirely later in the year. Woods has worked with the Port Authority for almost 18 years.
Woods has served in the acting capacity for the past three years after former Port CEO Clement Reid left in November 2019. He tendered his resignation as Acting Port Director effective on September 24. He intends to return to his role as the Manager of Cruise Operations and Security. CMR understands that an internal recruiter process has already begun to find his temporary replacement before a more extensive recruitment search is carried out.
It is unclear which two board members Woods is referring to but the vast majority of the board would have been replaced two weeks ago. New appointments include former UDP Minister and attorney Cline Glidden as Chairperson of the Board. His appointment replaces Kearney Gomez.
Indications are that the PACI has been operating with bare-bones staff for quite some time even before the COVID-19 pandemic with key positions such as human resources manager. In August 2018 a number of key employees were terminated including the Chief Human Resources Officer.
Prior to joining the port, Woods was an Inspector with the RCIPS where he served for 21 years.