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. American

    Why is this story under the heading of U.S. news? Since when is Mexico in the United States!!!!!

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

    To all those complaining about this girls age, please remember that if a 20 year old can become an officer in the Army and command troops, certainly a 20 year old can command cops.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |

    U only smoke medical meth, what u got against medical meth?

    March 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Captain Obvious the 3rd

    I will say this. The girl has TRUE courage. Many people talk about change but very few would become a police chief in place where police chiefs have the life expectatcy of a 2LT in vietnam. I hope she is still alive and well.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AmericanCitizen27

    What does this story have to do with the United States, CNN?

    You all filed it under the US page.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ihateredneckmethheadstoo

    god and jesus and baby jesus love the redneck racist methhead trailer trash the most. keep voting republiCon. please. i beg u. we need more ignorance and hatred in this great land that clearly is baby jesus' favorite country. god bless america!! (is that a plea, a question, or a riddle? i dont know cuz im hopped up on the crystal hatin non white people fing my cousin right now). go tea party!!!

    March 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • See A. Professional

      Good grief!

      March 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |

    I have a prescription, FYI

    March 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Art In Chicago

    Oh those crazy young people, they are either police chiefs that don't show up to work, or assassins that do.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chuck

    Give the job to linda1971 so she could prove me wrong

    March 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. suckit

    Miss Garcia is a FOX.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ihateredneckmethheadstoo

    michelle and sarah will have the answers. ask them. and get me more meth. my cuzin left me cuz she found out i have sicillian blood in me and im part black. this sucks. go tea party!!!

    March 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. big D

    I would definitely give her asylum and hit that!

    March 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |

    I pledge alligence to the meth of the united states of america, and to the crackies for Wich it statands, individually, blah blah blah.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gerry

    Did she die?

    March 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Terise

    Support Koch Brothers maker of Brawny paper towels, Angel Soft toilet paper, Mardi Gras napkins and towels and Quilted Northern toilet paper.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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