Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced accepted today the resignation that, in a personal and voluntary way, General José Burgos presented as commissioner of the Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (NMEAD). It is effective today, July 7, 2020.
“I deeply regret the decision that General Burgos made to resign as NMEAD Commissioner. His reasons are strictly personal and he has stated so in his letter. Puerto Rico loses a great public servant who accepted this commission with the highest sense of responsibility, dedication and dedication, "said the governor.
Part of the letter from General Burgos to the first executive says:" Although I have not been Asked for resignation, the current political environment does not allow me to carry out my duties in the way that I had promised and proposed. When I accepted this position, I arrived with the desire to reorganize, restructure, and restore confidence in the Bureau from the people of Puerto Rico. Over the past few months, we have focused on updates to the State Emergency Operational Plan, the Government's Continuity of Operations Plan, and updating the Puerto Rico Catastrophic Joint Operational Plan. All of this before the start of the 2020 hurricane season. However, the public discussion has focused on guesswork and not on the full performance of the Bureau. Given that scenario, I am not willing to continue in the position, which I honorably served to this day. I thank him for the opportunity and the trust that he gave me. "
" I thank the general for his great work and I am very sorry that we lost a righteous official and that he was carrying out the task that I requested in the most responsible manner when acting and ensuring for the safety of our people, especially in the emergencies we have faced, "said Vázquez Garced.