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Lizette Delgado Polanco, now-former CEO of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the start of construction of additional buildings on the west side of Millville High School in February.

TRENTON — Manuel Da Silva was named Friday acting CEO of the Schools Development Authority by Gov. Phil Murphy to replace Lizette Delgado-Polanco, who resigned earlier this week amid questions over hiring practices.

Da Silva, who most recently served as vice president of construction operations, will be considered by the board to serve on an interim basis.

The SDA oversees construction projects in 31 of the state’s poorest school districts.

Delgado-Polanco, a native of Hammonton, was appointed by Murphy last year. She came under fire after The Record newspaper reported she hired family members and several candidates who lacked the relevant qualifications for their positions.

Among her most recent appearances, Delgado-Polanco helped kick off construction of an addition at Millville High School to stem overcrowding. She was also present for the opening of a new middle school on Lincoln Avenue in Vineland before the start of the school year.

Days after her resignation, Delgado-Polanco also stepped down as vice chairwoman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.

According to a news release from the Governor’s Office, Da Silva joined the SDA in 2010 as a senior manager in the engineering section. He went on to serve as director of program operations before being named in 2017 to his most recent position in the agency.

Prior to public service, Da Silva was chief operations officer for M. Alfieri Co. Inc., a commercial property management firm based in Edison, Middlesex County. He lives in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County.

Contact: 609-272-7251 CLowe@pressofac.com Twitter @clairelowe

Staff Writer

I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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