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After 4 years Michelle Donovan-Stevens still ‘Acting’ in HR post!

-Mrs Donovan-Stevens’ supervisor, Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office David D. Archer, is responsible- Standing Finance Committee Report
After 4 long years, Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office Mr David D. Archer has not made a recommendation for Mrs Michelle Donovan-Stevens’ to be confirmed as Human Resources Director of the Government of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
The morale in the civil service continues to be at an all time low following the 2011 general elections won by the National Democratic Party (NDP). Photo: VINO/File
The morale in the civil service continues to be at an all time low following the 2011 general elections won by the National Democratic Party (NDP). Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While the public have concluded that the civil service has become a political body with promotions, confirmation to post, firing, hiring, extension of contracts and transfers is based on politics or the government of the day, the morale in the service continues to be at an all time low following the 2011 general elections won by the National Democratic Party (NDP).

However, not all can be blamed on the Government of the day as in a few selective cases it’s civil servants blocking, victimising and not supporting other civil servants.

Donovan-Stevens 4 years acting & counting

It was revealed at last year’s House of Assembly Standing Finance Committee deliberations to examine the draft estimates for the year 2015 that after four long years Mrs Michelle Donovan-Stevens is still acting in the post of Human Resources Director for the Government of the Virgin Islands.

At the time, the Human Resources Department Ag Director was testifying before Legislators when Territorial Member Honourable Archibald C. Christian asked Mrs Donovan-Stevens how long she has been acting in the position. The Acting Director stated that she has been acting since 2010.

The Member for the Third District and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party, Honourable Julian Fraser RA, stated his concerns over the long acting and asked Mrs Donovan-Stevens who was her supervisor.

The Ag Director stated that she reports to the Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office Mr David D. Archer. Mr Archer, who was also at the hearing, confirmed that he supervises the Director of Human Resources (Ag).

Archer responsible for lack of confirmation

Many who understand how the civil service works knew all along that in order for Mrs Donovan-Stevens to be confirmed her supervisor, in this case Mr Archer, would have to make a recommendation to, in this situation, both the Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald- another controversial figure in the civil service- and to the Public Service Commission.

When pressed by Hon Julian Fraser (R3) as to whether it was his responsibility to make a recommendation for the Ag Director of Human Resources to be promoted to the substantive post, Mr Archer confirmed it was.

It was also confirmed via the Standing Finance Committee hearing that after 4 long years Mr Archer has not made a recommendation for Mrs Donovan-Stevens’ confirmation.

However, after further pressure from Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), PS Archer claimed that “it was his intent to make the recommendation and that he would conclude shortly when he would make the recommendation.”

It is interesting to note that Mr Archer never acted a day in the post as Permanent Secretary and went to the top of the salary scale once appointed to that post in 2010.

36 Responses to “After 4 years Michelle Donovan-Stevens still ‘Acting’ in HR post!”

  • Civil Service (06/01/2015, 11:16) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    leave bow tie man the world is a circle
    • Girltalk (06/01/2015, 21:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Blame the DG not bow tie... wicked woman. All you think he work in isolation no.
    • the rock (07/01/2015, 07:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      people please stay off Michelle, she is a child of God and he got her back, so I know she is not sweating nothing!
  • ndp (06/01/2015, 11:21) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    well saw four years talk about vitimization this is a clear example!!!!
  • Observer (06/01/2015, 12:47) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply

    He apparently is not familiar with Matt. 7:12 which encourages us to do unto others that which we would want them to do unto us...No need for him to make any New Year's resolution, but just to DO WHAT IS RIGHT! The Pope and other figures of authority have their role to play in the world, but the God of creation is over all...His word is sharper than any two-edged sword so he and all who are in this category of misdeeds need to take warning, amend their ways now...and rememember it is only the obedient will live long on the land... God is the life Giver. While mercy door is not closed for you/us...Let us correct our mistakes!

  • Forbidden Truth (06/01/2015, 13:16) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply

    Some of those PS' s are very deliberate and biased when it comes to making recommendations. Nothing new here. They have their personal agendas and they railroad who they want out of spite. Let them keep on living doing wickedness to people every day. Their time to will come.

    • holdup (06/01/2015, 21:32) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply

      Read between the lines.Why would Archer railroad anyone. We all know what the word on the street is.... Sorry Archer got to take the blame. We heard so under the well.what

    • Aye (07/01/2015, 19:56) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Very True.
  • Chance (06/01/2015, 13:48) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    When some younger people get positions and they have a chance to treat others better than the older heads did they do the same or worse. They often victimize their fellow younger people.
  • prince (06/01/2015, 13:55) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    what does not fall on him will hit his children so sad
    • Not truth (06/01/2015, 21:35) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply

      Vi no you don't know Archer taking blame for he b*ss. Instead of keep saying NDP must go. Tis time to say DG must go. New slogan DG must go. Archer just in the wrong position...

      • staff (06/01/2015, 23:44) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply

        bow tie and the DG is the same..full of $h1t

        • BlahBlah (07/01/2015, 10:22) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

          Them talk bout Jesus Christ because he was the man of the time. No doubt A*cha them going talk bout you with or without facts. The person with miost attention always win. Let them keep calling your name and see the results. Intelligent people know the DeeGee stalling Michelle.

    • Mantrap (07/01/2015, 10:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Now now. Don't bring my family's generation in all yo muck and hate. I decree and declare no plague and curse will come on this family. Don't let me root up a ants nest hear now. All you know not the truth in this matter.
  • alpine (06/01/2015, 14:45) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply

    Their time will certainly come. He did not one day had an acting appointment but God don't sleep nor slumber. I am acting for 5 yrs with a MSc and who cares no one. But the LODGE won't last forever they already name a person for the DG and am crocked as hell wait more to come hold tight..............

    • Huh? (07/01/2015, 03:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Acting 5 years???? and with an MSc. Something that makes you go oooooooooo
  • qc (06/01/2015, 15:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blah, blah, blah... Let's see if any of these self centered ppl can actually accomplish anything for the people in the PS of HR officers
  • staff (06/01/2015, 15:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    wickedness increase
  • Yes (06/01/2015, 15:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    where is the governor and DG?? I betthey don’t have an answer to this mess

    • whoknow (06/01/2015, 21:25) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

      Can the PS recommend what the DG doesn't want?  Archer shouldn't take no wrap for she. 

  • DGGO (06/01/2015, 21:39) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    What the Gov an DG doing? It is that DG who wouldn't accept the recommendation of Archer? Come inside our office and you see the wickedness of that wo>>>. Retirement is not mandatory at 60? 

  • Tigress (06/01/2015, 23:07) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply

    needs to bemore proactive instead of running to the bow tie bwoy for every decision to make. should stop making he feel as if her decision is not good and do what she has to do. Initiative people that is lacking!!!! big time 

  • Real People (07/01/2015, 02:22) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    That is an uphill task for Michelle to be confirmed as long as the sliver hair fox and bow tie sitting in thoes chairs!!!
  • No change for far too long (07/01/2015, 06:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    A blessing delayed is not a blessing denied. I'm sure the DG and Mr. Archer will not delay Michelle's confirmation any longer.
  • Re (07/01/2015, 07:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dem Tolian who used to live abroad does get blows when they come home saw my God, what a shame.
  • Really (07/01/2015, 09:51) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

    Just to note. It is h**ley-h*dg3 who is air marked for that post. Truth be told.

  • MangoRhyme (07/01/2015, 10:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well look how Bow Tie got to bite he tongue for that woman he working for. We know who Archer is and we are positive if that picky head b**OSS don't want to confirm the Gul, Archer can't do thud. The silver head fox still got power. When she going home VINO?
  • new (07/01/2015, 11:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is your year of NEW Donovan-Stevens, be ready and stay focused!
  • yes we can (07/01/2015, 12:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We can't keep asking others to do the job on our behalf. It's childish.
  • virgin gorda (07/01/2015, 19:03) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hope when bow tie fall he does not be confuse as to why
    • Longlook (08/01/2015, 09:41) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      Keep off he, my friend. Them say he got more people praying for him than you could count, more old people praising him than you could write bad things, and he got the ancestors cheering him on, so you can't touch he. He intelligent and finally, He is not BADMINDED, so go rest yourself with falling-down talk.
  • moise (07/01/2015, 19:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    She is a dam stool pigeon. She has no back bone. Keep toeing the line.

  • Nic (14/01/2015, 12:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A lot of people still acting and for much longer than 4 years, so what is the point here?

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