Through an executive order, Ricardo Rosselló Nevares appointed Luis A. Martínez Suárez as the new administrator of the Governor's Office.
Martínez Suárez replaces Juan Carlos Hernández González, who will continue to earn a salary of $ 8,167 a month in a new position as assistant to the Chief of Staff, William Villafañe.
"Juan Carlos (Hernández González) felt much more comfortable as my assistant. He preferred it and then requested it from the governor. We talked about it and it happened," Villafañe explained, indicating that the decision to change his position was discussed with the official.
"He (Hernández González) is my assistant now. There was a change and then he preferred to work with me," he added.
El Nuevo Día learned that there was dissatisfaction with the work of Hernández González in the executive mansion, where there are internal divisions among officials who are all members of the New Progressive Party (NPP).
Hernández González is a friend of Villafañe and it was through him that he obtained the position of administrator of the Governor's Office.
Previously, Villafañe, Hernández González and Omar Negrón, who is an advisor to the governor in Municipal Affairs, worked in the Public Service Commission under the administration of Luis Fortuño and then under that of Alejandro García Padilla.
In these moments of austerity, is it justified to have a new position in the Governor’s Office? asked El Nuevo Día to Villafañe.
"What happens is that Dr. Martinez Suarez is not collecting his salary (as administrator of the Governor's Office). So there is no fiscal impact ", answered Villafañe.
He mentioned that Martínez Suárez will administer the Office of the Governor for the same salary of $ 9,000 a month that he already earned as administrator of the First Lady’s Office, a position he will maintain.
Martínez Suárez was also part of the executive committee created to evaluate the state of the Mayagüez Zoo Dr. Juan A. Rivero.
In La Fortaleza, he is known for his courteous and affable treatment. Under the administration of Governor Luis Fortuño, Martínez Suárez was the head of the Mental Health and Addiction Services Administration.
The move of the administrator of the Governor’s Office occurs after the departure of Abner Gomez from the Puerto Rico State Agency for Emergency and Disaster Management (AEMEAD, Spanish acronym) and Héctor Torres as director of the 9-1-1 Emergency System, after allegations of mistreatment.
Another official who resigned, amid multiple controversies over the restoration of the power grid, was the executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Ricardo Ramos.
As recently as November 9, the governor had his constitutional cabinet sign a dateless resignation letter.
"Here we are all birds of passage and we are here to serve, not indefinitely, but for a definite time and where we are more useful," pointed out Villafañe when asked about the possibility that, before the end of the year, there are more changes in the executive team.
"It is always an open door," he said.
Hernández González, for his part, was administrator of the Governor's Office until November 16. His appointment was also made through an executive order signed on January 2, when Rosselló was sworn in as governor.
The designation of Hernandez Gonzalez had been made through executive order number 8, in which the governor established what functions he delegated to the administrator.
Hernández González had the faculty "to take all necessary actions and sign all official documents related to the administration of the Governor's Office," the executive order reads.
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