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6 years later Patrick O. Harrigan still acting in his post!

-Michelle Donovan-Stevens racks up 3 years plus of also acting as Director of Human Resources
Patrick O. Harrigan (left) has been acting in the post of Director of Youth Affairs and Sports for close to 6 years without any sign of being confirmed. Another officer, Michelle Donovan-Stevens (Photo: bvigov.gy), has also been acting in her post of Director of Human Resources for well over 3 years and counting. Many civil servants have used these two situations as more examples of the double standards and injustice that continue to plague the civil service. Photo: VINO/File
A senior civil servant with 28 years of service with the Government has claimed that the Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (left) will have to endorse the confirmation of Patrick O. Harrigan to his post. The officer, who spoke to this news site, warned not to listen to Government ministers claiming they have nothing to do with the civil service as it’s not true. Mrs. V. Inez Archibald will have to also sign off on the confirmation of Mrs Michelle Donovan-Stevens who has been Acting as the Director of Human Resources for 3 years plus. It remains unclear why the officer has not been confirmed to the post. Photo: VINO/File
A senior civil servant with 28 years of service with the Government has claimed that the Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (left) will have to endorse the confirmation of Patrick O. Harrigan to his post. The officer, who spoke to this news site, warned not to listen to Government ministers claiming they have nothing to do with the civil service as it’s not true. Mrs. V. Inez Archibald will have to also sign off on the confirmation of Mrs Michelle Donovan-Stevens who has been Acting as the Director of Human Resources for 3 years plus. It remains unclear why the officer has not been confirmed to the post. Photo: VINO/File
In order for Mrs Michelle Donovan-Stevens to be confirmed to the post of Director of Human Resources it must be signed off to by the Permanent Secretary Mr David D. Archer in the Deputy Governor's Office. Mr. Archer himself never acted a day as Permanent Secretary but instead was appointed to the post in 2010 and has been one of the very few Permanent Secretaries who were appointed to the post without an acting period, a decision that was criticised by many in the service as another example of double standards. Photo: VINO/File
In order for Mrs Michelle Donovan-Stevens to be confirmed to the post of Director of Human Resources it must be signed off to by the Permanent Secretary Mr David D. Archer in the Deputy Governor's Office. Mr. Archer himself never acted a day as Permanent Secretary but instead was appointed to the post in 2010 and has been one of the very few Permanent Secretaries who were appointed to the post without an acting period, a decision that was criticised by many in the service as another example of double standards. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It is no secret that morale and productivity in the civil service under both the United Kingdom appointed Governor, William B. McCleary and Deputy Governor, (DG) V. Inez Archibald is at an all time low.

Added to that, after the 2011 general elections in which the National Democratic Party Government came to power, the public sector is now labeled by the intellectual class of the Virgin Islands as a political body with Ministers of Government directing who is to be moved out from their Ministries and Departments, who is to be hired and fired, who is to be promoted, who is to be confirmed to their post, who must retire or be forced out and who they wish and wish not to work with.

Many persons have spoken out about the double standards with which some civil servants are treated, reported victimisation of others, two standards when coming to discipline of officers, as well as the issue of which political party one is suspected of supporting can now determine where or if you get a job in the civil service.

All this continues to happen while many have claimed that Governor McCleary has done absolutely nothing to protect the civil servants from the blatant political interference. In fact, many have accused him of allegedly aiding and abiding the demise of the civil service - an institution that should be non-political, professional, supporting the government of the day and based on merit.

An example is Patrick O. Harrigan acting for 6 years plus

The double standards that have affected morale and productivity remain blatant and most civil servants have now resorted to calling the media houses leaking information of perceived injustice on issues that some may deem confidential.

One senior civil servant told this news site that this remains “the only tool to affect change for what is going on…many of us are working in fear as they continue to accuse us of leaking information and sending us memos that amount to threats and having all these meetings and so called investigations when something come out in the papers, but this is the only way to get their attention on the injustice in the service.”

The treatment of Mr Harrigan, an indigenous Virgin Islander, is another example of double standards. Mr Harrigan has been acting in the post of Director of Youth Affairs and Sports since 2008 despite many assurances, according to Government sources close to the situation, that he would be confirmed. This has happened even under the previous government.

In order for him to be confirmed, he will have to have the endorsement of the current Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn.

The same senior civil servant, who spoke to this news site for this story, said ‘if you see Mr Harrigan is not being confirmed to his post it means the Minister does not want him, trust me, do not listen to these Ministers’ false rhetoric  about they have nothing to do with the civil service. It’s a bold face lie…when he wanted Dr Potter confirmed he got her confirmed in lighting speed even before the ink was dried on Ms O’Neal's retirement….” the civil servant of 28 years told this news site on condition of anonymity.

Mr Harrigan's confirmation matter went before the Public Service Commission (PSC) about a year ago, however, it was abruptly removed from the agenda.

Both the Permanent Secretary and Minister could not be reached for an update as of publication time. To date, there has been no serious movement on his confirmation. Mr Harrigan returned to work a few months ago after taking a lengthy leave, a story first and accurately broken by this news site.

Michelle Donovan-Stevens acting after 3 years plus

Another officer who seems not to have met the favour of either the Deputy Governor or the Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office, David D. Archer, is the acting Director of Human Resources Mrs Michelle Donovan-Stevens.

According to a source inside the Deputy Governor’s Office who spoke to this news site, “what is ironic about this is there was a circular from the Deputy Governor earlier this year addressing acting appointments saying persons must not be acting for more than a year, but here they are violating the same circular…..clearly double standards yet again,” the officer alleged.

During the 2012 Standing Finance Committee (SFC) deliberations before a select committee of the House of Assembly on the 2013 budget estimate, the member for the Second District Honourable J. Alvin Christopher asked Permanent Secretary (PS) David D. Archer for an update regarding the confirmation of Mrs Donovan-Stevens to the post of Director of Human Resources.

Archer, the PS in the Deputy Governor's Office under which the Human Resources Department falls, told the Parliamentary select Committee that Mrs. Donovan-Stevens “continues to take on a large mandate and there was an intention to work towards confirming her to the post but he could not provide a specific date for its occurrence.”

To date, three years and counting Mrs. Donovan-Stevens is still acting in her post as the Director of Human Resources.

In order for the Ag. Director of Human Resources to be confirmed she must enjoy the support of the PS Mr Archer and the DG, V. Inez Archibald, two personalities that many civil servants have accused of allegedly being controversial and polarizing in the civil service.

Mr Archer himself never acted a day as Permanent Secretary but instead was appointed to the post in 2010 and has been one of the very few Permanent Secretaries to be appointed to the post without an acting period, a decision that was criticised by many in the service as another example of double standards.

He was also awarded a salary near the top of the PS scale even over other Permanent Secretaries with more years and experience in the service than him, again demonstrating the inconsistencies and double standards that continue to plague the civil service and demoralise many usually hard working and professional public officers.

47 Responses to “6 years later Patrick O. Harrigan still acting in his post!”

  • vi (26/08/2013, 09:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hmm, might be a reason we all don't know about.
    • @ vi (26/08/2013, 09:25) Like (2) Dislike (18) Reply
      Trust me we done know…MVW has the job for his countrymen from Antigua and the bow tie has not found a replacement for the lady as yet!!!
      • HELLO!! (27/08/2013, 00:14) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
        You sound so stupid! You aint tired with this Antigua man talk buddy...struppsss
    • ABC (26/08/2013, 11:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is just god damm wrong!
      • vex (27/08/2013, 08:59) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
        Today for me tomorrow for you!! Leave the NDP, bow tie and the lady with the silver hair...God will give them the judgment they deserve!
  • A. Fahie (26/08/2013, 09:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    WOW WOW WOW
  • brian hodge (26/08/2013, 09:14) Like (11) Dislike (40) Reply
    lawd. stop clutching at straws- it is no different now than it was under vip - harrigan has been acting under both the vip and ndp so whats the point of saying its ndp to blame ?

    • @ brian hodge (26/08/2013, 09:24) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
      "Mr Harrigan has been acting in the post of Director of Youth Affairs and Sports since 2008 despite many assurances, according to Government sources close to the situation, that he would be confirmed. This has happened even under the previous government." you all ndp cowbirds need to learn to read
      • Hmmm (26/08/2013, 09:51) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
        Why they just enjoy blocking our people from moving on up??? But always pushing for the expats over the locals…that current crew got a lot to answer for...when they fall they will splash like a sowersop
      • GoonSquad (27/08/2013, 00:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Then why the hell VIP did not make appoint him as director? Why now you all want to blame NDP. When was NDP elected? ok then...There is a reason behind every decision.
    • dem say (26/08/2013, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Through the good and the bad Patrick you tuffed it out but some Johnny come lately do not want you, but remember god sits high and looks low
  • True (26/08/2013, 09:15) Like (9) Dislike (19) Reply
    I am neither party but VINO spot on on this one. Archer and Inez will get whats coming to them, if not watch out for their off springs. Dr. Smith needs to get a back bone, I shame for he. Waste of time.
    • KENSLEY (26/08/2013, 10:20) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
      If they cannot be confirmed then revert them both back to their post but it’s just wrong to have them both there for 3 to 6 years acting. It can never be good for their own moral!!!
  • Realist (26/08/2013, 09:21) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    I blame the governor for Michelle also look how fast he got he friend Morris confirm..set of %^$&#$@
    • DarkVader (27/08/2013, 00:19) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      I have nothing against Michelle but she needs to understand the rules and regulation of HR. She has a long way to go. I m not impressed with her at all. The whole HR dept needs to be dis-mantled if you ask me.
      • Tables Turned (27/08/2013, 14:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ Dark Vader - For once I concur with your statement.
      • Hmm (28/08/2013, 17:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        With all those underminers she have up there, she will never get anywhere. She needs to wake up and examine her Department.
  • . (26/08/2013, 09:24) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    In the bvi its who you belongs to and what last name or simply, political affiliation.
  • M (26/08/2013, 09:27) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Patrick is a real political football.
  • big bird (26/08/2013, 09:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Harrigan you better look to the future and, enjoy your retirement which they want you to choose. You are one of the decent guys. .
  • civil servant (26/08/2013, 09:46) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mr. Harrigan and Stevens your only sins is that you both have a BVI passport...you born here!!!! Maybe if you had a JAMDOWN one or a St. Kitts one you would have been confirm long time!!!
  • insider (26/08/2013, 10:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What happen to the Labour Commissioner? Heard she is on the list to be gone!!!
  • Forbidden Truth (26/08/2013, 10:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    These people are dutty, dutty, dutty
  • rattie (26/08/2013, 11:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The world is a circle there day will come
  • Nicky Barnes (26/08/2013, 11:08) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    It seems like you can't get no place with this government unless you willing to "BEND OVER BACKWARDS" for people.
    • MOO-MOO (26/08/2013, 11:23) Like (0) Dislike (21) Reply
      Nicky, try bending over backwards and tell us how it is done. Think about it and see if you could get it do. Well, let me tell you how our people got some place in this country and why we have progressed, it is because leaders, those in authority were willing to work hard with what they had and all in the best interest of the country. Try doing that for the love of the BVI and see if you wouldn't make a better contribution than joining those who are on here blogging piss. It really shows their intelligence.
    • Forbidden Truth (26/08/2013, 12:56) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      dont forget bring news carry news, use ur front or back and the like.
  • Pure BULL !! (26/08/2013, 12:03) Like (3) Dislike (16) Reply
    So NDP was in power for 6 years ??????????????????????????
    • @ Pure BULL !! (26/08/2013, 13:24) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      but is said the previous government is responsible too, so stop hiding injustice behind politics you evil bastered
  • on your mark get set! (26/08/2013, 12:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They are not the tt monster
  • Music (26/08/2013, 12:20) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    For some 40 years I have been appalled at the way some officers are in acting positions for years.
    After a probationery perioed either they are good enough for the job, or they are not. However, does it occur to you that some might not be up to the job, but politics prevents their being reverted to their original post, and/or there is no other suitable candidated.
  • . (26/08/2013, 12:58) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    I aint feel for patrick one bit because he's always sucking up under the ndp.
  • mary j (26/08/2013, 13:03) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    hope the NDP remember how they treat the people in the service
  • Teacher (26/08/2013, 13:25) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Harrigan and Stevens must kiss the ring or else they will get no where any time soon
  • David (26/08/2013, 16:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    Mayson M*ron get from here wid yo schopidnis Partick was an NDP before you!!!...

  • long road (26/08/2013, 19:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    When do we say enough is enough of some politicians who believe leadership is blocking locals for expats and senior civil servants who think they will be there forever to get in the way of others or them being called by god?
  • talk bring talk (26/08/2013, 20:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is really a dearth of leadership material all round, poor us.
  • Well (27/08/2013, 09:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is not a NDP or VIP thing. It is the persons sitting in the positions to do the right thing. I have always wondered why we always have to have people with this Acting title for so long. If you don't know after 3 months that the person can do the job then something is wrong with the system. BVIlanders just need to stop this crap of holding each other back. What makes it ok for Archer not to Act when he first got the post and this other person have to Act when she was in the Department before moved to the post. It is just unfair how people are being treated. Makes you wonder what kind of organization is really been operated.
    Where is the response from the Deputy Governor and the Governor about this issue that has been going on so long. When will BVIlanders start having more faith in their own people?
  • zoe (27/08/2013, 10:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    thoes civil servants keeping other civil servants down are not team players.
  • law and order (27/08/2013, 14:34) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Mr Archer himself never acted a day as Permanent Secretary but instead was appointed to the post in 2010 and has been one of the very few Permanent Secretaries to be appointed to the post without an acting period, a decision that was criticised by many in the service as another example of double standards.

    He was also awarded a salary near the top of the PS scale even over other Permanent Secretaries with more years and experience in the service than him, again demonstrating the inconsistencies and double standards that continue to plague the civil service and demoralise many usually hard working and professional public officers"

    In other places this will be seen as corruption
  • Not surprised (27/08/2013, 16:00) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply

    They need to start looking at persons such as Mr. Chinnery or Mr. Greenaway to run that department... these people actually have the youth at heart!

  • ova & out (28/08/2013, 14:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    Social justice, respect for human dignity is something Myr*n, In*z and Bow tie need to learn

  • Ancient (31/08/2013, 19:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    In other jurisdictions, there are laws on the books that set the amount of time that the head of a government department can "act" and it is around 120 DAYS.


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