Pryor to step down as RI Commerce Secretary Tuesday

Stefan Pryor
Stefan Pryor is seen during a coronavirus media briefing. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pyror is stepping down from the position Tuesday.

Pryor, who previously announced he was leaving the post to run for general treasurer, officially offered his resignation date of June 21 to Gov. Dan McKee Friday.

In his resignation letter Pryor expressed the following;

“Serving as the state’s first Commerce Secretary has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

I am grateful to you, Governor McKee, as well as Governor Raimondo for the opportunity.

I am told that, after seven and a half years in this position, I am one of the longest serving top economic development officials in Rhode Island history (if not the longest), which is humbling and reinforces my gratitude.”

McKee praised Pryor for his work to help strengthen the state’s economy coming out of the pandemic.

“I’ve also appreciated that he delayed his departure to assist with key economic development issues including the Tidewater project. I thank him for his service and wish him well,” said McKee.

Pryor has been the head of the agency since 2015 after being appointed by then-Gov. Gina Raimondo.

He announced several weeks ago he was going to enter the race to replace Seth Magaziner as General Treasurer.

Pryor will be facing off against former Central Falls Mayor James Diossa in the Democratic primary.

McKee did not immediately name who will be taking over in the interim for Pryor, but whomever takes over for Pryor will be put in the middle of trying to negotiate a deal to keep the Tidewater Landing project alive.

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