Monthly civil service gong goes to immigration officer

| 09/04/2014

(CNS): Noted for friendly and courteous service that he provides to tourists and residents alike in his border control duties, Immigration Officer Harry Forbes was named as February’s government employee of the month.  Forbes was described by colleagues and superiors alike an exemplary employee, who proves his value time and again to his superiors.  “It is clear that you are one staff member who will go beyond the call of duty to assist the public and your fellow civil servants, whether they are from Immigration, Police, Customs or Prison,” The Head of the Civil Service and Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, said as he handed out the award which is part of a scheme put in place by his office to inspire government employees in their work.

“Your overall care for service ranks you high on the list of valuable, loyal, dedicated and committed civil servants,”  he added.

Named the “Most Helpful” Forbes was said to work hard in all aspects of his job and was particularly noted  for assisting with Spanish/English translations in legal matters and interviews, even when off-duty. Always conducting business with integrity, his bosses said he showed the highest level of professionalism, upholding the principles of justice strictly, whether he is investigating or highlighting breaches that could be overlooked. Forbes was also said to have put his excellent IT skills to full use in the department’s newly reformed Intelligence unit by helping to design and create electronic templates to streamline processes.

Always responsive to calls of duty, Forbes was  lauded by his superiors for frequently returning after a full-day’s work, once even hitching a ride to work when his car was off-service. “Such dedication and commitment to duty are rare,” his bosses said.

Forbes said he was caught by surprise, albeit pleasantly,  by the award which he was happy to accept the award as a collective recognition of all hard-working colleagues in the department. “This has inspired me to strive to continuously improve the department’s work and my own contributions,” he said. 


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Excellent award. This demonstrates the good things about the civil service. Of course the CNS haters will be negative but soon they too will see the great things that are happening in the civil service.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Shouldn't all public servants be polite and courteous when conducting their duties?

    Does this award only go to illustrate that this officers colleagues are without doubt the most miserable, rude, scruffy and unnecessarily officious wannabes amongst a whole Civil Service filled with incompetent and self serving desk jockeys?

    In the real world, (outside of the Cayman bubble) this officers dedication to his duty would be considered normal. Perhaps Cayman should stop celebrating the individual and concentrate on raising the bar so that all staff attain a credible work ethic.

  3. Just Commentin' says:

    Geezum! A friendly and courteous Immigration Officer with a remarkable work ethic?  Who hired him?  They probably faced disciplinary action. Aren't "Curt, surly and disinterested" required personality traits for the job?

    On a serious note: My sincerest congratulations Officer Harry Forbes!  Keep up the good work and don't let that smile fade. We need more like ya 'roun yah! 

  4. Anonymous says:

    I wish government would stop dreaming up all of these PR stunts and just manage staff to perform properly.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Harry we are very proud of you and we look forward to your continued contributions!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Well done uncle great job