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UPDATE: No specific date to confirm Donovan-Stevens- says PS Archer!

Officer has been acting as Director of Human Resources for over two years and counting
Some two years and several months since Mrs. Michelle Donovan-Stevens was appointed to act in the post as the Government’s Director of Human Resources, there is no sign of her confirmation. Photo: VINO/ File
David D. Archer, the PS in the Deputy Governor's Office under which the Human Resources Department falls, told the House of Assembly selected Committee that Mrs. Donovan-Stevens “continue to take on a large mandate and there was an intention to work towards confirmating her to the post, but he could not provide a specific date for it occurrence.” Photo: VINO/File
David D. Archer, the PS in the Deputy Governor's Office under which the Human Resources Department falls, told the House of Assembly selected Committee that Mrs. Donovan-Stevens “continue to take on a large mandate and there was an intention to work towards confirmating her to the post, but he could not provide a specific date for it occurrence.” Photo: VINO/File
In order for the Ag. Director of Human Resources to be confirmed she must enjoy the support of PS Mr. Archer and the Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald, a controversial figure in the service. Photo: FILE
In order for the Ag. Director of Human Resources to be confirmed she must enjoy the support of PS Mr. Archer and the Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald, a controversial figure in the service. Photo: FILE
ROAD TOWN, Tortola,VI- Some two years and several months since Mrs. Michelle Donovan-Stevens was appointed to act in the post as the Government’s Director of Human Resources, there is no sign of her confirmation.

During the 2012 Standing Finance Committee (SFC) deliberations on the 2013 budget estimate, the member for the Second District Honourable J. Alvin Christopher asked Permanent Secretary 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 House of Assembly selected Committee  that Mrs. Donovan-Stevens “continue to take on a large mandate and there was an intention to work towards confirmating her to the post, but he could not provide a specific date for it occurrence.”

In order for the Ag. Director of Human Resources to be confirmed she must enjoy the support of the PS Mr. Archer and the Deputy Governor V Inez Archibald, a controversial figure in the service.

Two senior civil servants, when this news site read Mr. Archer’s comment to them, said their interpretation is “she would not be confirmed anytime soon, if at all.”

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 view 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.

The SFC was appointed by the House of Assembly last month to examine the draft estimates for the year 2013.

See previous story posted on August 22, 2012

Donovan-Stevens still in Hollywood- Archer to Act as DG

It has been over two years now (August 16, 2010) since David D. Archer the former Director of Human Resources vacated the post and was promoted to Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office.

However, to date two years later, no one has been appointed to fill the vacant post of Director of Human Resources. One would think that the Department in Government responsible for recruitments, transfers, training, promotions and advertising vacant government posts will lead by filling the Department’s highest post. Not so fast!

Mrs. Michelle Donovan-Stevens has been acting in the post for over 16 months and no one can explain why the officer has not been confirmed, or if she is not capable of holding the Department’s top job and if not why she has not returned to her substantive post of Deputy Director of Human Resources.

Top brass of the Government seem to be tight lipped about this topic and a senior government official told this news site that no recommendation has been made to the Public Service Commission for her confirmation to date.

Calls to Mrs. Donovan-Stevens’ boss, Mr. Archer on the status of this issue were not returned up to press time.  Another civil servant said, “if they have Michelle in Hollywood so long then what that tells you about the service?  If she can’t get the job then move her and advertise the post….I am sure there are people around who will apply...”

This news site also found two times within the past 16 months in which the Deputy Director of Human Resources post was advertised.  It’s unclear, if the post has been filled however, according to the Human Resources Department webpage the Ag. Deputy Director is Shavon Henley.

David Archer to Act as Deputy Governor

Meanwhile two sources within the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) told this news site that the Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald is reportedly expected to proceed on vacation leave at the end of this week, and her Permanent Secretary (PS) David D. Archer who is considered a junior PS is expected to act as Deputy Governor.

Traditionally, the most senior Permanent Secretary (PS) or the Financial Secretary will act as Deputy Governor once the DG is on leave.  But there is no rule that prevents a junior PS from acting as DG.

Currently, the most senior PS will be Rosalie Adams of the Premier’s Office or Neil Smith the Financial Secretary.  The PS in the Ministry of Health and Social Development Mrs. Petrona Smith-Davies is also senior to Mr. Archer.

However, the Governor, Deputy Governor and Premier will all have to consult and agree on who acts in that post, and according to the same NDP sources they all have allegedly agreed for Mr. Archer to act as DG.

It is reported that Mrs. Archibald whose tenure as Deputy Governor has been extended will be on vacation leave for up to a month.

45 Responses to “UPDATE: No specific date to confirm Donovan-Stevens- says PS Archer!”

  • she the cat mother (22/08/2012, 08:06) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh Lord Michelle which one of the two you pissed off now you cannot get conformed???
    • Cause and Effect (22/08/2012, 19:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      That confusion is expected. God is not a man that he should lie. Enough Psalms are being read for Mi******, In*****and others. What don't fall on them will spill over on their children and grand children. Jezebel spirits!!!!!!!
  • Mary J (22/08/2012, 08:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what an intresting article vino
    • MELLESLANDERER (23/08/2012, 08:14) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      What interesting article? In my opinion, this is not about Michelle. This sounds like someone who thrives on news on the DG and Mr. Archer. The time you there wasting time stiring up strife about our future leaders you will miss the real issues of this country. You want an interesting article to write on? Look at the destabilization of our country with crime, aided by a group who clandestinely moving in for economic take-over. That subject matter affects the future of our beloved Virgin Islands which our forefathers laboured had for and is worth writing on. This type of 'thud' is what have kept our people in a crab-in-a-bucket mentality, and stop thriving on negativity and jealousy.
  • BREAKING NEWS (22/08/2012, 08:59) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Two years that post is vacant ??????? Another reason why we had to get rid of VIP !!!!
    • bay youths (22/08/2012, 09:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you fool the ball head, VIP had nothing to do with this its up to DG, Archer and the white house!!!!
  • Taxpayer (22/08/2012, 09:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is generally known that in this service all male civil servants must wear a tie or a bo-tie when visiting certain offices. Panty hose is also deemed appropriate. Say what you want about the Governor, at least he keeps his feet on the ground.
  • The Shadow Knows (22/08/2012, 09:30) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mehson, Mason! How has Archer made it so far so fast! A round of applause to the brotherhood!
  • ccc (22/08/2012, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    its clear to everyone the system is one sided and in a mess dat is why moral is so low and as 4:30 comes eeveryone out dey door!!!!
  • Civil Service Sucks! (22/08/2012, 10:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The ethical standards of the Government Service is poor and it comes from the head down. No wonder things happen the way they do. There is to much greed and underhanded things going on in this service and somebody really needs to look into the way things are done. This services is disgraceful and is getting out of hand.
  • Pop (22/08/2012, 10:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well it's obvious that Archer and Inez holds one head! Its obvious that they both want people in the post that they can control. Its obvious its none of the ladies who is acting in the current posts! How can a Junior PS act as a deptuy governor?? Come people its all obvious!!!
  • first (22/08/2012, 12:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    well the NDP will start their layoff soon so maybe she will be the first to go!!!..
  • HMMMM (22/08/2012, 12:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree she does not need to be confirm to the post. She needs to go back natural resources and labour where she came from. When she and Archer was together in HR it was even worse. God don't like ugly. And as for Archer, everything in life is only for a season. As far as I see the whole government system need a clean up!!
    • AHH HMMMM (23/08/2012, 07:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sounds like you need to get the position... I bet you would do a great Job as Director... Whoever you are, I bet you are one of those people who's been stuck in the same position forever and can't move forward because of your inability to perform or cooperate with others in a professional manner! BE CAREFUL.... Don't speak a curse on yourself!!!
  • ABC (22/08/2012, 13:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hello!! Am I to understand that Archer , a freshman in the service will act as Governor if the Governor steps out during Archibal's absence? Blow me down. This speaks volumes.
    • love child (22/08/2012, 14:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      the ndp loves archer
    • The Shadow (22/08/2012, 15:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mehson, Mason! I ask again - How has Archer made it so far so fast! A round of applause to the brotherhood!
      • dog fight (22/08/2012, 16:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        come on now this has nothing to do with it..he is like by the lady and she has power now but both of dem better do not let Uncle Ralph and the VIP meet them dey when they get back!!!
      • NOWANDLATER (23/08/2012, 07:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        This article just sounds like a bunck of jealous writers and haters. So what if they appoint him and he going fast? He's one of ours. Sounds like many has caught the hold-you-down-itis, holding down your fellow Virgin Islander.
        • big bird (23/08/2012, 09:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          I know the BVI people have the crab in the barrel mentality, but not sure it applys to this case right is right and wrong is wrong. When one is concern about self it’s the beginning of the end. What you want for yourself and family you should want for others.
    • facts man (22/08/2012, 15:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes he is a freshmen PS. Adams, Petroina, Willock, & Smith (FS) all there before he. The last three PS were Archer, Berkely, and Ms. O’Neal...those who acting do not count!
  • qc (22/08/2012, 15:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just more ways for the Archer and Inez to dictate the going on of the HRD that is why they have her not confirmed....to continue just running the department
  • talk girl talk (22/08/2012, 15:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    VINO it seems like you have a spy inside government. You got these people going crazy on how you get your information..hats off again, they cannot touch you..maybe that is why they trying to kill your former owner...BAM
  • @@@@@@ (22/08/2012, 15:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ha ha so you say she get to sit in cabinet now under NDP???? Under the VIP she never smell that seat....but it will come around again for what she doing to the service.
  • CROMPOBOY (22/08/2012, 16:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All you can't see tis people out there who feeling jealous that is spreading these rumours and reaping up stories. I don't know what Archer did some of all you bk'sides. They could print 'tories till they turn blue, 'the man will go where some can't soar, because they done mess up themselves, they want to drag people with them. Fire reign pon some of all you. My grand mother getting a little stipend after she retire because of he. Round of Applause, Archer. Tell them tek that. THAT IS IF IT IS TRUE. THESE PEOPLE SO NOSEY.
    • keep it real (22/08/2012, 18:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      come on now, that is a bit over the top about some body beening jealous of Mr. Archer...that one cannot sell ..be for real!!!!
  • JEALOUSMONGERS (22/08/2012, 16:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    JEALOUSY, JEALOUSY IS AS WORSE AS THE SIN OF WITHCRAFT. TEK THAT!!
    • Release (23/08/2012, 04:22) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      I am not sure why anyone will be jealous of David...he has enough sins that will come back at him. God does not sleep and what does not get you will get your children. All civil servants are just demoralized, and frustrated but they will not talk all…..the service is not a nice place to work right now!
  • THROWNOSTONE (23/08/2012, 08:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am a civil servant and is no way demoralized and frustrated so be careful when you generalize. The cure for sins is to place them before God where he remembers them no more, according to the word. Place your proof up-front to prove what are Mr. Archer's sins. You are not an authority on sin and not qualified to judge. There is something called 'binding generational curses,' and the ole people them who Archer helped said they are covering him every day. You can't beat a widow's prayers. The BVI Civil Service is the best place to work in the Virgin Islands. We are paid properly with great benefits. No one pays locals one rate and ex-pats a higher fee. My country, ,Tis Of Thee, We Love you, our progressive sons and daughters, including Archer, Michelle and our beloved DG.
    • CSA (23/08/2012, 09:16) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      My god never knew the big office also had paid bloggers. It is so obvious who wrote this and where it’s coming form. Please find one civil servant who feels this way. Come on stop the hogwash; the service sucks and workers feel oppress daily. Not a mad can agree with your post "THROWNOSTONE" NOT ONE so stop while you ahead and enjoy your two mins of fame!
    • small mind (23/08/2012, 13:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Is so easy when people are speaking about their legitimate fairs, injustices and concerns that people just marginalise it to being jealous. Many of us civil servants are aware of what is going on, so ayo all need to wheel and come again. Everybody know what is going on! The bvi is small!
  • Wisesayings (23/08/2012, 14:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The truth is "who God bless no man curse." While David worked diligently his companions slept, now they wake up and can't catchup with him. Try all you can he is covered by the blood. I for one cover him every day, so look for another tree to climb because you jealous people can't touch him. By the way, is this article factual or contrived? If it is may the crafter of it be cursed forever. Dare you to jumb on the man' children, I hope you don't have any because what you do is also very sinful as you speak on what you do not know. Leave it to God!!!!
    • leave it (23/08/2012, 20:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      come on you must have work to do in the MHSD...being the aunt does not mean you should spend your time on this..leave it to god DPS.
      • grapetree (24/08/2012, 08:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Freedom of expression is a fundamental right to every person bound by the 2007 Constitution, let us hear the blogs, man.
  • Ummm (24/08/2012, 07:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Exactly, Leave it to God. So... why you throwing curse on people. I say wisesayings Leave it to God. Geez!
  • Compardo (24/08/2012, 08:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All you jokey, boy. People got the nerves to dictate what others do with their time. I see haters in some of these blogs. Don't worry. Great people are not jurked up; many are appointed. Raise up the future leaders, My God.
  • get (24/08/2012, 23:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what is for you in life you will always get it!
    • Agreed (25/08/2012, 06:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      For real. and no matter who try to hold you back even when they know you deserve it always believe that something better going come so don't give up. god in control.
  • rose (20/12/2012, 23:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    UNGRATEFULNESS WORST THAN WITCHCRAFT.
    • civil servant (21/12/2012, 01:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Someone needs to make a reality tv show of this civil service comedy and drama
  • confirm not (21/12/2012, 15:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    archer and inez cannot get her to do wick.... to people children so she will never be confirm

  • Shame!!! (22/12/2012, 17:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Archer and Inez don't care about no one other than themselves...


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