The commitment to his career has earned Senior Immigration Officer (Enforcement) Darwin Elvis Cook Boddenthe top employee for government in June.
When highlighting Mr Bodden’s passion and drive, Deputy Governor Hon. Franz Manderson, Cert. Hon., JP, said, “It has been said that as a result of your actions, the civil service as a whole should be looking towards creating the type of environment which is being created in the Enforcement Division of the Cayman Islands Department of Immigration.”
Mr Bodden is well known for his consistent, excellent service, with a knowledgeable, polite and courteous demeanor. Co-workers and staff consistently praise the focus on regular meetings and one-on-one sessions with his subordinates to seek their opinion and input in decisions that might affect them.
He was recognised for his dedication by the RCIPS for his performance during a joint international operation in Mexico. Also, when leading a tactical operation to remove a large group of illegal persons from a vessel, his observation and warnings prevented additional dangerous incidents while seizing and removing weapons.
Mr Bodden is committed to helping improve department efficiencies, cutting operating costs and minimising staff fatigue by staggering work hours. Additionally, he is known as a reliable, trustworthy, “go-to” resource, helping to increase morale with praise and an appreciative attitude.
In return, he is quick to recognise his team’s support. “Without my team at Enforcement, my progress and work will not be as they are today. It is with all humility that I accept this award,” he said. “My dedication is self-motivated; however a little recognition is always good and this has done more than recognise my work. I am proud of my job and I also love what I do.”