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‘I was surprised to be appointed Deputy Governor’- David D. Archer

Mr David D. Archer has said he was ‘surprised’ with his appointment as Deputy Governor (DG) of the Virgin Islands in February 2018. Photo: Andre Dawson aka ‘Shadow’/Facebook
Deputy Governor Mr David D. Archer was interviewed on Sunday March 18, 2018 on the online radio station Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’, right. Photo: Facebook
Deputy Governor Mr David D. Archer was interviewed on Sunday March 18, 2018 on the online radio station Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’, right. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Newly appointed Deputy Governor Mr David D. Archer said he was “surprised” with his appointment as Deputy Governor (DG) last month.

The Virgin Islander was at the time being interviewed on Sunday March 18, 2018 on the online radio station Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz.’

When asked by the host, if he was surprised to have been appointed DG, in response Mr Archer said, “…do you mind if I smile a bit? Yes, I was surprised, because it was never guaranteed that I will get such a job…normally, these jobs at these levels are taken up by persons of more seasoned age, I was surprised I was given an opportunity...”

Mr Archer stated that because he was given an opportunity, it means “the Virgin Islands is moving in the right direction.”

He said “I believe I am qualified to serve in my current role and current capacity that came through lots of hard work and lots of preparations….”

No mandate to cut the civil service- Archer

Meanwhile, when asked by Mr Peart about cuts in the civil service, Mr Archer said “I was not given a mandate to cut the civil service or to cut anyone’s salary but the mandate I have is to transform the public service and make it better.”

One of the demands by the United Kingdom Government in order for the Territory to obtain loan guarantees for the recovery, post hurricanes Irma and Maria, is to reform the public sector, which is usually the code word for downsizing or cutting.

Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) is a big advocate for the terms and conditions, despite rebel backbenchers within his own National Democratic Party opposing the terms and conditions.

On March 15, 2018 Dr Smith presented the Bill to Parliament entitled, the Virgin Islands Recovery & Development Agency Act 2018.

31 Responses to “‘I was surprised to be appointed Deputy Governor’- David D. Archer”

  • Lovin it! (20/03/2018, 13:00) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    Next generation on the move. Who next to take up these leadership positions in our country? Our country needs your energy now. Step up!
  • just asking... (20/03/2018, 13:03) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    so is he saying before he got the post the BVI was not moving in the right direction?
  • Lord o (20/03/2018, 13:06) Like (47) Dislike (4) Reply
    Stop it. Start off with some honesty. They sent you for school for that reason..
  • Addiction (20/03/2018, 13:33) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    You will do a good job . Congrats
  • tola (20/03/2018, 13:49) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
    He was not surprised because he was training for tge position from when inez was the same position by her
  • wowiee (20/03/2018, 14:16) Like (31) Dislike (3) Reply
    yea right....... surprise my eye....but dont worry - God is in control!
  • Yo right! (20/03/2018, 15:30) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Yo right ! God is in control and thank God not man or he would not have been considered.
    He had been doing the job for a long, long time. If you are honest you would know that too!
    Well deserving!
  • joe public (20/03/2018, 15:31) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    of course there will be cuts stop the lies
  • Don’t Worry (20/03/2018, 15:38) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Don’t worry be happy! Stop being miserable and be happy! When you are happy about others success you too will succeed. Just have a clean mind, so you can enjoy life. A miserable life is an awful life.
    • @ don't worry (20/03/2018, 17:15) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Tell that to some of them politicians
    • Its in his blood (21/03/2018, 10:03) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Amen and thank you for your positive comment. Its sad that some people cannot find it in their hearts to be happy for other's success. David prepared himself and as such was in a position to move into this job. Take time to qualify yourself and your turn will come. What he said is that he expected that an older person would be chosen for the position which is usually the norm. That was where the surprise came in. He applied and was accepted! Congratulations, DG Archer, I have all the faith that you will make an imprint on these Virgin Islands like your great uncle H. Lavity Stoutt did. They rejected him too, and criticized everything he attempted to do. He stayed focus and the rest is history. Stay focused family.
  • i from here (20/03/2018, 16:49) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply

    Dude you l**! You were been groomed for 3 years for the position.

  • really?? (20/03/2018, 17:40) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply

    How can you be surprised when you were sent away for training specifically for the position. How are you surprised when it was common knowledge within the DGO that you were returning for the post. How are you surprised when the civil service knew that Mrs. A was holding on until your return. Stop telling l>>>>!!

    • Strruuupps (20/03/2018, 19:00) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      A liar cannot stop telling lies, its like asking a leopard to change his spots.

      God help us!
    • pat (20/03/2018, 23:07) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      he may be talented in some areas but what I want to know is - is his pottery sconce lighting company going to get more contracts for fixing storm damage or just decorate like he did at the cruise ship dock with no competition? this was a big contract!
      • PATACAKE (21/03/2018, 08:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        Pat, you out of order. Why you don't go compete. There is free enterprise in this country and the invitation to treat is to any buyer. If it was an Edomite, you would say nothing, but who should eat the fruits of the land, not a true Virgin Islander. Shut your, 'rarm up. Full of jealousy and hatred for a local brother. I despise people like you, Pat!!
  • civil servant (20/03/2018, 17:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope he last in the post
    • Positive Move (20/03/2018, 18:58) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
      Lord our people are so miserable. They don't want to see good for a Virgin Islander. All and sundry knew Mr. Archer was carrying former DG Inez' workload and doing it well. Obviously he was preparing himself for the next position from when he was PS. Having done the job and acted as DG when Inez was out, be honest, don't you think someone from the White House saw leadership capabilities in him? Lord, man. Speak a positive word. He shall last and surpass the accomplishments of many in the same post. Power to young Virgin Islanders. Amen, God is good.
  • Yes (20/03/2018, 22:36) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    he carry enuff news
  • we in big trouble (20/03/2018, 22:43) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    one minister and first lady from anguilla, two from antigua, speaker and R6 from skb, dept gov a bayjun and 95% of the reps marrid to islunwomun
    • Wakandawefrom (21/03/2018, 08:47) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      And all our ancestors came from Africa on a slave boat. You don't have no problem with the Edomites and Jebusites in the country, but you have problems with all the leaders. Wake up, We in big trouble, the world is changing. When you start to groom your Virgin Islands women and men for our sons and daughters to marry, then you can talk. In the meantime, consider that we in the Caribbean are one people. We should not be discriminating who our leaders are married to. Remember the Constitution gives them the fundamental right to marry and found a family. It never told them from where to find the family. The highest law in the land sanctions it. You, just hush and live with it. Can't believe the mindset of that blogger.
    • faith (21/03/2018, 09:53) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Stop your darn nonsense. His mother, and grandparents are Stoutts from the West End of Tortola. His uncle was HL Stoutt, Chief Minister for many years. His grandfather was Prince Stoutt who also served in the Legislative Council for many years. You miserable people looking for company in your misery. Congrats David. You are a hard worker and you are well deserving of this position. All the best to you
    • Yes (22/03/2018, 12:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • good man (21/03/2018, 02:03) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hope he does not sell us down the river like the NDP
  • AMEN! (21/03/2018, 05:29) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Positive move, I second that fully. Simple minded people stop picking at simple things rise above the bad mind and see the good for our Counyry.
    Leave David Archer alone, help him and our politicians by your positivity to bring this country out of the doldrums. We need each other not just who you favor. Give credit where credit is due and pray for and help those who are going through a rough leadership. Hold the hands of your leadership and encourage them to be good and decent. It is time that you stop the bashing.
    • Halleleujah (21/03/2018, 08:49) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      And I say Halleleujah!! Well said, Amen. I add nothing more, than let the positive be. Forward, Virgin Islands!
  • African Roots (21/03/2018, 10:08) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Stop being jealous and support your own. Give him a chance to make a difference. Let us break the vicious cycle where we were programmed with the "crab in the barrel" mentality and try support our brother to achieving success. We are to give each other a hand up. So stop it please, there is nothing productive our positive when you sow seeds of discord. May God bless us, and bless these beautify Virgin Islands
  • the guy standing outside (21/03/2018, 13:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congradulations! I just stopped by the office of the governor today. the auto-gate allowed me in and i went up
    to the door to the offices to see about making an arrangment to talk to the Governor. I stood there for about 20
    minutes and repeatedly, within reason, sounded the bell and my presence. no one answered. Wish you the best.
    Pip pip cheerio!
  • Unwelcome (21/03/2018, 15:02) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    You to lie, this was never a surprise, they had it planned out. He need to go back to Barbados and try to finish what he claimed he started. He him self need guidance, so how can he guide the Governor who is new and need a strong hand/ shoulder to lean on.

    Young boy wait your turn, it will come , stop the RUSH......
    • Pootikat (21/03/2018, 17:18) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Unwelcome, you got any old bwois or gels you had for the position? Thank God it wasn't you choosing the DG. You were going to give us some retired priest to hold the position. I bet you can' t name a one who is more qualified. Let the one without needing guidance raise his or her hand. No, not one. These people are vicious and bad-minded. Not surprising really, there are many who never wished a good success for anyone. I am going to join in wishing Mr. Archer well. I know the stock from whence he came. You can't see the man is a leader? Don't be surprised if he doesn't lead this country one day. Remember, I warned you. That man going places.

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