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Local Kelvin E. Hodge tipped to be new BVIPA Chairman

- following resignation of Nathaniel Issacs Sr
Local Mr Kelvin E. Hodge has been tipped to fill the post of Chairman of the BVI Ports Authority. Photo: Team of Reporters
Former Principal Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit, left, became the first local appointed Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on May 5, 2020, after acting in the role since December 14, 2019. Virgin Islander and attorney, Ms Dawn J. Smith, right, has been selected to fill the post of Attorney General. Photo: GIS/File
Former Principal Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit, left, became the first local appointed Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on May 5, 2020, after acting in the role since December 14, 2019. Virgin Islander and attorney, Ms Dawn J. Smith, right, has been selected to fill the post of Attorney General. Photo: GIS/File
PORT PURCELL, Tortola, VI- Sources close to the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Board have informed our news centre that a local person has been tipped to fill the post of Chairman of the BVIPA, made vacant by the recent resignation of Mr Nathaniel Issacs Sr.

The local person tipped, according to our sources, is Mr Kelvin E. Hodge.

Mr Hodge is a business entrepreneur and owner and manager of Kelly’s Hardware Store, located in West End, Tortola.

He has served the Public Service for 37 years working with the Department of Information Technology and the Treasury Department, Government of the Virgin Islands.

In March 2019, Mr Hodge was appointed to serve as a member of the Public Service Commission.

More details to follow.

Locals filling top posts

Reports of a local being tipped to Chair the BVIPA Board come on the heels of at least two appointments of locals to top posts in the Territory.

Former Principal Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit became the first local appointed Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on May 5, 2020, after acting in the role since December 14, 2019.

Also, Virgin Islander and attorney, Ms Dawn J. Smith has been selected to fill the post of Attorney General, replacing Ghanaian Mr Baba F. Aziz.

29 Responses to “Local Kelvin E. Hodge tipped to be new BVIPA Chairman”

  • watch man (18/05/2020, 08:10) Like (34) Dislike (2) Reply
    good choice good choice
    • Greath (18/05/2020, 09:32) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
      I’m so happy to see locals getting all these huge positions that could show you we have qualified people here and the ndp government had us to be incompetent..
    • Winston (18/05/2020, 18:57) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Yes , it is great that he is a local , however does he have any experience in port operations ?
      • Hmmm (19/05/2020, 08:48) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        @ winston

        Your question is irrelevant. When the ndp was bringing in all kind of expats for the higher positions, nobody wasn't asking this question, and those same expats, we the vislanders had to turn around and train them. whether kelly has experience or not, i will and can learn just like the darn expats do when we train them too. i rest my case here.
      • @ Winston (19/05/2020, 18:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You are a dam hater! Let that great man live in peace. He will do well
  • facts (18/05/2020, 08:16) Like (46) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fahie and his government believes in their BVI people
  • musa (18/05/2020, 08:17) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
    great news
  • My Take (18/05/2020, 08:20) Like (40) Dislike (2) Reply
    Like Fahie or not, we all have to admit that he and his team fights hard to get our people in all high level positions in government which were filled by persons not from the BVI. Nothing against those persons not from the BVI but any right thinking leader fights to get their people into positions especially of high levels.
  • Clearly (18/05/2020, 08:21) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
    If this was the NDP in government then none of our people would have made it this far.
    • Reply (18/05/2020, 11:55) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
      NDP hates locals ask funny man
    • BRADSHAW (18/05/2020, 13:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Stop writing nonsense, and check who made up the boards in the past.
    • @Clearly (18/05/2020, 19:01) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are wrong! If an NDP Premier put a 2nd person from his district committee to be chairman of ports whether local or not it would be called cronyism but carry on. Kelly is good people but dont talk nonsense now!
  • lol (18/05/2020, 08:42) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    So who do you think had Isaacs in that position . The heat was too high in the kitchen.
  • BVI ISLANDER IN USVI (18/05/2020, 08:48) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Congrats cuz, our parents were involved in all aspect of travel in the BVI before we were born . When we came along they gave us the training and knowledge so when we became adult we can use the experiences in what ever we put our mind to. Good luck in your new endeavor cuz. One love Hynman family in the USVI.
  • Oh Boy.. (18/05/2020, 08:56) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Great choice....Good Guy..
  • West side (18/05/2020, 09:24) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    forward ever
    Thank you Premier
  • What is good and bad!! (18/05/2020, 09:38) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well done. I'm sure he'll do a good job. Decent guy.
  • SMH (18/05/2020, 09:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos
  • Local (18/05/2020, 10:42) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
    "ISLAND MAN OUT -LOCAL MAN IN" , this is a better headline if you ask me.
    • Honestly (18/05/2020, 12:20) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      I feel bad for the people who live on islands but call others island man... I don’t know if any other country in the caribbean says that, but it is truly sad..You know I know some of you never really went to school or paid much attention due to comments like these...Bless your souls and I hope your brains will also be blessed with the cells that are obviously missing. Kudos and best wishes to the gentleman(that he is).
    • Texas (18/05/2020, 13:01) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      Good suggestion of a headline if you are British Virgin ISLANDS. This is what it should read if you are in the USA. "LOCAL ISLAND MAN IN" EXPAT ISLAND MAN OUT 1
  • BIG M (18/05/2020, 13:29) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Governor please retire the second in charge of the police force now because he has a lot of vacation days and allow Ms Vanterpool to under study Mr. Matthew so when he leaves in a year time she would be position to take the Commissioner of police spot.
  • Interested (18/05/2020, 15:34) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    A person is not automatically suited to fill a position simply by virtue of being a local.We must sop bein so narrow minded .
  • Isu fam (18/05/2020, 16:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    A good choice
  • ok (18/05/2020, 16:49) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    So we ticked the cronyism box of getting our local man into a high profile job but somewhere around him, is there anyone at all with significant experience of a well-run international port? If not, that should be Hodge’s first order of business to get best practices over here so we are not held behind. The ports have been a shambles for years so it’s time to get our territory moving forward.
  • GOV (18/05/2020, 18:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I mean retired people finding work I trying to get a job Government soooooook long and I am in 1st district!


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