Puerto Rico gov names acting Corrections and Consumer Affairs secretaries for Senate consideration
SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced nominated on Tuesday the acting interim secretaries of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Department of Consumer Affairs (DACO by its Spanish acronym) for the Senate’s consideration.
Vázquez appointed Eduardo Rivera Juanatey as Corrections secretary, a position he has held on an interim basis since September, when the governor asked Secretary Erick Rolón to resign.
“I appreciate the trust the governor placed in me to direct the [Corrections Department] and the implementation of public policy towards the correctional population in Puerto Rico. I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that we can offer the best possible services for our inmates,” said Rivera Juanatey, who was director of the department’s Legal Division since 2017 and legal officer of Puerto Rico Supreme Court Associate Justice Erick Kolthoff Caraballo.
The governor also nominated Carmen Salgado as DACO secretary. The attorney served as deputy secretary since January 2017 and as interim secretary since June this year, after the departure of the former Secretary Michael Pierluisi.
“I am honored by this designation by the governor. As I have been working for the past few years, my north will be to enforce the rights of consumers. The Department will continue to protect citizens from deceptive practices,” Salgado said.
Vázquez also announced the appointment of Alex López Echegaray as adviser to the governor in Legislative Affairs, replacing Ángel “Manolo” Martín Landrón, who had held the position since January 2017 but will return to private practice.
The legislative adviser analyzes and evaluates all the bills considered by the governor and issues recommendations.
López has more than a decade of legislative experience in the Senate. Until his appointment, he served as director of the Rules and Calendars Committee of the Senate of Puerto Rico.