Rosselló Reacts to Keleher’s Recruitment
SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló defended on Tuesday morning the hiring of Education Secretary Julia Keleher as the agency’s restructuring adviser and announced her designation as “principal official of Transformation and Innovation of Education of the Government of Puerto Rico.”
As such, Keleher will work along the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (FAFAA) on the Education Department’s fiscal plan, the governor said in a written statement.
“Keleher can do both roles at once, that is why she was hired. The time for doubling functions is over, if we have an official with the experience to attend both matters there is no need to hire more people,” Rosselló said, adding that this “in no way represents a conflict in her duties.”
As reported by Caribbean Business, Keleher’s recruitment was made through FAFAA, the entity under which the contract was registered on Feb. 3, for $125,000, according to data from the Comptroller’s Office, which received the document Feb. 9. The contract’s initial expiration date is June 30.
Once more, the administration emphasized that Keleher won’t earn a salary for her role as Education secretary, and will solely receive compensation established in the consulting contract. According to the press release, “the Education Department will save its secretary’s salary,” after Keleher’s hiring as restructuring adviser of the agency she leads.