20-year-old Mexican police chief fired after failing to show up for work
Officials last week denied reports that Marisol Valles Garcia had abandoned her post.
March 7th, 2011
01:05 PM ET

20-year-old Mexican police chief fired after failing to show up for work

Police chief Marisol Valles Garcia has been fired, an official in Praxedis G. Guerrero, Mexico, said Monday.

The 20-year-old criminology student made headlines when she took the reins of the police force in one of the most violent cities in the border state of Chihuahua. It's common for police officers in Praxedis to be abducted and killed.

"Marisol did not show up for work this morning as she was expected," town secretary Andres Morales said. "Since she was on a personal leave that expired today and did not reach out to us over the weekend, she now faces termination.  It is now an official matter.  We don't know anything about her whereabouts. Our attempts to get a hold of her during the weekend were unsuccessful."

Praxedis Mayor Jose Luis Guerrero told CNN last week that Valles Garcia was on personal leave because her 8-month-old baby was sick. He said she was expected back at work Monday.

"Marisol, in fact, still works here and she's still getting paid. She comes back on Monday," he said.

Praxedis is located about 35 miles southeast of Ciudad Juarez, one of the bloodiest cities in world.

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soundoff (432 Responses)
  1. Peter

    And where did she flee? The US. Exactly, everyone in Mexico, free reign! Come join us. We'll give you everything!

    March 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nate

    ummm ... who cares? why is this news?

    March 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Analplunger

    Mexico blows more than Iraq

    March 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kat

    At Linda 1971, yes, racism is alive and doing very well in the good US of A! Just visit Atlanta GA, you'll see first hand! Sad, very very sad. I though we had grown up and moved past it, but some really strive to keep it alive around here. And not just the ignorant, but public officials as well. Sorry I ever left my peaceful beach in Fl! This woman should never have been allowed to become the Chief of Police to begin with. Now you haven't heard from her, and you aren't out looking for her???? Your city is over run by crime driven drug lords, and you have no concern for your 20 yr old Chief???? That is SAD! I bet she thought she could count on you for help when the lords came for her, boy was she wrong! Maybe, just maybe you aught to give her a chance. After all, she took the most dangerous job in your town cause your men were too afraid!

    March 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. burn1or2

    Trailer trash ur my hero

    March 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Analplunger

    Who cares about the lives in Mexico. They are as retarded as Arabs in Libya

    March 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Copafeel

      Im libyan and can say they are truly retarded out there. Arabs in general..

      March 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rafael

    No follow up yet

    March 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Copafeel

    "Sure, I've been called a xenophobe, but the truth is, I'm not. I honestly just feel that America is the best country and the other countries aren't as good. That used to be called patriotism. "

    March 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |

    Why thank you my loyal subject.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BaltimoreGeorge

    Since the police chiefs all seem to vanish down there, why not have the U.S. Donate Charlie Sheen or Lady Gaga to be the next chief? I'm just sayin'.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |

    Everyone is so upright, let's just have fun with this burritos!!!

    March 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rxrangel

    Richard, What is your problem, how dare you say Marines are essentially mentally retarded. Man you need to shut your trap. You have Marines protecting your Butt. I bet you have never served a day in the Military. You are some kind of Moron. Have you had any of your Family serve in the Military. That is probably, No by the way you talk crap about our Military. You need to stop writing crap. The name of the Mexican President is Calderon, not Calderone, moron.... Learn how to spell.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. musings

    Poor kid. What a sham that they hired her. She would probably have been murdered. But maybe this is more graft and corruption. What is her severance pay?

    March 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sperry83

    I think they need to find her first. Then figure it all out. We need to pray for her and her son.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Copafeel

      Bible thumper

      March 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |


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