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State Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Submits Resignation; Cites Eldercare Responsibilities, Desire to Focus on Federal Contracting Work

Today, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced that he has accepted the resignation of Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) Executive Director Theresa C. Murray. Murray's last day at the agency will be February 15.

In her resignation letter to Governor Chafee, Murray cited eldercare commitments and a desire to focus on her work as a Federal Contractor.

"Theresa Murray has been an effective and committed leader at RIEMA," Governor Chafee said. "I was able to witness her work first-hand during Hurricane Sandy, and Theresa was a key partner in our efforts to guide Rhode Island through that storm safely and securely. I understand Theresa's need to focus on caring for elderly family members, I wish her well, and I thank her for her service to our state."

Murray said she is "honored to have been able to give back to the State of Rhode Island" and is "pleased with RIEMA's establishment of the Rhode Island Business Emergency Operations Center, the Partners in Preparedness Initiative, the School Safety Program and for managing Federal grant funds with integrity." Murray also cites the issuance of a revised 2004 State Emergency Operations Plan and raising awareness for business continuity planning and cyber security as accomplishments during her tenure.

Murray was appointed Executive Director in January 2012.

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