Thursday, May 09, 2013

Larkin sends governor recommendations for new director of Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services

  Larkin sends governor recommendations for new director of Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Jonathan Larkin, D-Glendale (District 30), today respectfully requested that Gov. Brewer consider his recommendations to fill the director’s position at the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services.

“In the past weeks, many veterans have shared their concerns about who will become the department’s director,” Larkin said. “If the governor has decided that the department must have a new director, it is extremely important that she appoint someone who has vision, intelligence and the ability to work with a large community. There are several names that have come up, time and time again, in my conversations with veterans.”

In a letter to the governor, Larkin recommended the following people for consideration as the next director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services:

·        Terry Araman, an Army veteran and the current program director of Madison Street Veterans Association
·        Cosme F. Lopez, an Army veteran and the current director of community outreach and public relations for the U.S. Department of Justice
·        Rick Romley, a Marine veteran, a former Maricopa County attorney and the current president of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame

“As a veteran and a public servant, I value the advice provided by the veterans I work with and represent,” Larkin said. “I hope that the governor will select a person who will serve the veterans of this state well. I am confident all of the people named in this letter are exceedingly capable and would be accepted by the veteran community as the department’s new director.”

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