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Michelle Donovan-Stevens confirmed as HR Director after 5 years Acting!

-Government's HR Department rocked by outdated policies & health issues, 2013 Annual Report detailed many challenges the same as the year before
One of the longest civil servants to act in a post for five years plus Mrs. Michelle Donovan-Stevens has been confirmed to the post as Director of Human Resources. Photo: GIS
Meanwhile, the Government of the Virgin Islands Human Resources Department has been rocked by many challenges as outlined in its 2013 annual report. The reported laid on the table of the House of Assembly (HoA) on Monday 2 November, 2015 at the Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Third HoA was presented by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. The Honourable D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO
Meanwhile, the Government of the Virgin Islands Human Resources Department has been rocked by many challenges as outlined in its 2013 annual report. The reported laid on the table of the House of Assembly (HoA) on Monday 2 November, 2015 at the Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Third HoA was presented by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. The Honourable D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - One of the longest civil servants to act in a post for five years plus, Mrs Michelle Donovan-Stevens has been confirmed to the post as Director of Human Resources.

This was announced late July 2015 by a senior government official. Many public servants had complained about having Mrs Donovan-Stevens acting for so long while others, including Permanent Secretary (PS) David D. Archer- her immediate supervisor- never had to act a day once he moved to the post of PS.

They used this as another example of how unfair the service has become and the rules only apply to some.

Meanwhile, the Government of the Virgin Islands Human Resources Department has been rocked by many challenges as outlined in its 2013 annual report. The reported laid on the table of the House of Assembly (HoA) on Monday 2 November, 2015 at the Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Third HoA was presented by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. The Honourable D. Orlando Smith.

Outdated policies

The report revealed that many provisions within General Orders and the Public Service Commission are not in keeping with best employment practices and are not aligned to the Constitution Order of 2007. As a result according the 2013 report it “causes increased delays in completing administrative matters which require legal advice.”

The report also complain about the Human Resources Department’s delay in obtaining input from the different Commissions on the Civil Service Commission Regulations in order to advance the document for approval and inform the revisions of the Public Service Code which is the revised General Orders.

Occupational Health & Safety

The report unearthed that mould and air quality issues continue to affect persons working in the Central Administration Building. As a result Ministries and Departments continue to seek re-assignment of officers who are unable to work in the Central Administration Building due to medical reasons according to the report.

The Department in its report of 2013 advised the HoA that the establishment of the Health and Safety Committee or Task Force in accordance with the Labour Code remains outstanding.

Technological Deficiencies

The Human Resources also complained that its filing system to store files for all government workers are outdated and they are in urgent need of an e-record system to help support greater improvements in storing, retrieving and reporting data to enhance the quality, accuracy and timeliness of HR reports and “overall responsiveness to matters.”

HR Staffing

The Human Resources Department continues according to its 2013 report to face staffing problems. The staffing problems continue to exist “nearly four years later, at the senior to middle level and recommendations to address these challenges have not been approved” the report stated.

The result of the lack of addressing the Human Resources Department staffing problems has caused according to the report, forced “existing staff to direct much attention to the day-to-day management which at times adversely impacts the implementation of strategic plans and the execution of certain Human Resources initiatives.”

20 Responses to “Michelle Donovan-Stevens confirmed as HR Director after 5 years Acting!”

  • ccc (09/11/2015, 11:24) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hummmmmmm
  • YeSa (09/11/2015, 12:07) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mrs Steven you wouldnt be the first or last, waiting to be confirmed, it have plenty more in the system that are ACTING. TRAINEE and waiting to be confirmed. So hold on and wait, it mighten be 5yrs, might just be 8 plus more years waiting to get into the system.
  • So true (09/11/2015, 12:12) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    "This was announced late July 2015 by a senior government official. Many public servants had complained about having Mrs. Donovan-Stevens acting for so long while others including Permanent Secretary (PS) David D. Archer her immediate supervisor never had to act a day once he moved to the post of PS.

    They used this as another example of how unfair the service has become and the rules only apply to some."
  • west wing (09/11/2015, 13:05) Like (32) Dislike (4) Reply
    the 70 plus year old DG NEEDS TO GO HOME
  • Sister (09/11/2015, 13:16) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations!
  • insider (09/11/2015, 13:50) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    So the bow tie man could not block this any more..god is good the world is a circle
    • Guest (09/11/2015, 14:51) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      There have been plenty blocked appointments with one phone call
    • jokers (10/11/2015, 11:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Bow Tie could do what Silver Fox II don't want? Allyo so moo-moo-ish. Truth be told DG working for her close cronies held back the girl all these years.
  • Cam (09/11/2015, 14:40) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    They now need to take a list of all those acting and do the same because I am aware of several others. Why would you have one acting in a position for 5 plus years. That is terrible.
  • fat cat (09/11/2015, 15:12) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Finally, Praise the Lord.
  • 911 (09/11/2015, 15:37) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Some of them cannot do the work they don't deserve to be confirmed they only have high their high school diploma.
    Congrats Mrs Stevens you are well deserve it I'm happy for you
  • Bob (09/11/2015, 15:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    True true true
  • wize up (09/11/2015, 16:27) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    and the Oscar goes to Mrs Stevens!!!


  • JB (09/11/2015, 19:33) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mrs. Donovan Stevens congratulations, but wait there are those who still waiting to get even a senior position and have already done almost 25 plus years of service, some are even force to retire after getting sick from gov old moldy complex, but GOD don't sleep and what is for you, you will get it even if its the day before you die. DG AND PS DAVID TIME WILL COME
  • Pooryou (10/11/2015, 11:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor, JB, does not know the inside scoop. If you had known, you would know whose time will come. The people of the VI's time will come and they will ask what did we do with our finances when we had it? Why didn't we build more buildings to house our offices instead of renting? Why did we squander so much? We are happy for Michelle. We know that the 70 year plus fox was ensuring Michelle had sour grapes for lunch over these years.
  • Rey (10/11/2015, 17:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Michelle, Good things comes to those who wait.
    It is all about GOD'S timing. He is an on time GOD.

    Rejoice an be glad, and may the Good LORD bless you, and continue to do what the LORD has called you to do.
  • Observing (14/11/2015, 22:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Substantial money has been spent for decades on HR issues and the public service has not gotten any better. Stop wasting money with endless consultancies making other people rich. Use the money wisely.


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