Puerto Rico Governor Names Prasa VP to Head Public Water Utility
SAN JUAN – Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced has notified the Puerto Rico Aqueduct & Sewer Authority’s (Prasa) Governing Board of her nomination of engineer Doriel I. Pagán Crespo as the public corporation’s executive president.
The board, in turn, announced it confirmed the appointment, which comes in effect Feb. 28 after the resignation of Elí Díaz Atienza, which goes in effect Feb. 27.
Díaz, the governor said in a statement, “did a commendable job and we appreciate his dedication as a public servant.” He said Pagán “has been an instrumental person in managing Prasa operations in her role as vice president. Her work after the hurricanes of 2017, during the drought…and recently during the earthquakes has been of total commitment to the people of Puerto Rico. I wish Doriel the greatest success in this assignment. Prasa is in very good hands.”
Pagán, who earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico’s Mayagüez campus, has been Prasa’s vice president since 2017. According to the governor’s office, she previously served as director and executive deputy director of the northern region since 2009. Between 2008 and 2009 she was the utility’s assistant director of compliance and quality control for the municipality of Arecibo and was director of Prasa’s Arecibo area from 1998 to 2008.
“It is with great pride and satisfaction that I accept this appointment. A challenge that I assume with responsibility and dedication to continue, together with first-class professionals who work daily at the Authority, the work of excellence for which we are distinguished,” Pagán was quoted as saying.
The governor said she was “confident that the extensive experience, commitment and excellent trajectory of Ing. Pagán Crespo in this new assignment will contribute significantly to the success of this important entity for the benefit of the people of Puerto Rico.”