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Puerto Rico secretary of State to step down – Caribbean Business

By on August 21, 2020

Elmer Román (Jaime Rivera / CB file)

Román will return to work for federal gov't

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Secretary of State Elmer Román will step down from his position effective Aug. 23, the La Fortaleza governor's office announced Thursday.

He tended his resignation letter Aug. 17 and will return to work for the federal government in an undisclosed capacity, according to a media release.

“I thank secretary Román for his commitment in helping our people, in both the Public Safety and State departments, during such trying times for Puerto Rico, ”said Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez. "He is an excellent, first-class public servant, and I am certain he will be successful wherever he is."

Román's resignation letter to the governor partly read: "I thank you for the tasks you delegated to me, responsibilities that gave me the opportunity to lead government response efforts to emergencies like the earthquakes that affected the southern part of the island, the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent strike of tropical storm Isaias on the island. ”

Román headed the Public Safety Department before being appointed secretary of State, barely a year before his resignation. Last week, Gov. Vázquez lost the New Progressive Party’s gubernatorial primary and will leave La Fortaleza in January.

Assistant Secretary of State María Marcano will take over the position in an interim capacity, the release stated.

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