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Governor accepts resignation of Secretary of State Román González

By The Star Staff

Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced announced Thursday that Puerto Rico Secretary of State Elmer Román González is returning to work in the federal government.

The resignation, filed on Monday, will be effective this Sunday.

“I want to thank Secretary Román González who, in difficult times for Puerto Rico, was available to help our people, both from the Department of Public Safety and the Department of State,” the governor said in a written statement. “He is an excellent public servant of the highest order and I know that he will succeed wherever he is. And I know that he will continue to help Puerto Rico. We are losing a great public servant who accepted this assignment with the highest sense of responsibility and dedication.”

Part of the letter from Román González to the governor reads: “I appreciate the tasks that you delegated to me. Responsibilities that gave me the opportunity to lead government efforts in response to emergencies due to earthquakes in the southern region, a [coronavirus] pandemic … and the recent passage through our island of Tropical Storm Isaias.”

“I take with me significant memories at the Department of State, which welcomed me with open arms, and of my service to a governor who by constitutional mandate took on enormous and unexpected challenges just a year ago,” Román González writes. “Thank you very much, Madam Governor, for taking the opportunity to make me part of this chapter in our history.”

Vázquez added: “It is our people who thank you for your high sense of what it is to serve.”

“It was an honor to have him on our work team, always committed to offering the best to our citizens,” the governor said.

Deputy Secretary of State María Marcano will occupy the position vacated by Román González on an interim basis.

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