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Lizette Delgado-Polanco. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

No word on Delgado-Polanco replacement at SDA

Murphy maintains silence on circumstances of CEO’s departure

By Nikita Biryukov, April 25 2019 1:40 pm

A replacement for Schools Development Authority CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco has not been chosen, Gov. Phil Murphy said at a press conference on an unrelated manner Thursday.

“We have nothing to announce on that yet,” Murphy said. “We will likely have an interim head and conduct a broader search for the right talent to run it on a more permanent basis.”

On Tuesday, Delgado-Polanco resigned from her role as SDA chief following weeks of criticism over a slew of potentially nepotistic hires made at the Authority during her tenure as CEO.

A number of the hirees had personal or political ties to Delgado-Polanco.

The former union official resigned from her role as state Democratic vice chairwoman Wednesday.

Neither Delgado nor Murphy have provided any explanation for the former’s departure from the authority, and the governor sidestepped two questions on the matter Thursday.

“Lizette resigned. We accept her resignation, we thank her for her service and we turn the page,” Murphy said, adding when asked if he asked her to resign, “Please don’t take this the wrong way. I have literally nothing else to add.”

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