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.

Read CNN's full coverage of the young police chief's firing
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soundoff (432 Responses)
  1. Jack D

    chuck you can be their editor in chief

    March 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack D

    deb ur a mexican in disguise i bet

    March 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anti NWO

    Never send a woman to do Man's job.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jack D

    big D i second that

    March 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shinea

    Not too many people in the world would have even made an attempt at doing what she did. Certainly no one on this board (including me). That she tried speaks volumes for her courage, that she left speaks volumes for her intelligence. Good on her!

    March 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack D

    shinea they should arrest you

    March 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annoyed

      Anyone looking for this woman? I mean the rest were abducted and/or killed...she is MISSING! SMH

      March 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • cpagne41

      One of the main problems in Mexico is the low wages, and know body talks about it.
      the politicians live well and the people who elected them have a hard time surviving.They get on the world stage, get recognition for their so called efforts.But in reality their just suffocated crooks!

      March 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*

      She quit. Fyi

      March 13, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. john kesrouan

    The hot chick was having an affair with one of the Drug Lords. Another made for Mexican TV movie. Coming to a barrio near you soon!!!

    March 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 8andSkate

    Well, its amazing how the drug cartels win by using administration action.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJJ

      oh come on. its not like getting her fired means there wont be any police chief. someone else will just step up.
      if anything, cartels paid to put her in the position. shes just alittle girl. she isnt going to be going after anyone.

      March 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim

    Probably better for her as she has a nice head and they tend to be cut-off down there. Whoever thinks Mexico is safe for travel is an idiot and should reconsider before going there. It's not safe anywhere in Mexico and maybe if we stopped going there it might help, who knows! The drug gangs have pretty much taken over this area and until both the Mexican and American government get's tough on them, read sending US planes to blow the crap out of them, Mexico will be a craphole!

    March 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      you're a moron. Cabo? Cancun? Playa Del Carmen? You're safe there. Mexico is pretty damn big. Its kinds like saying the US is dangerous because you read a story of riots in LA.

      March 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sweet2th

      What would help the situation the most is if we stop buying drugs from them. Just a thought.

      March 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • GadgetCanada

      Really, a moron? Why don't you read this article http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2009/01/01/mexican-shooting.html

      March 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Bomb Mexico? Are you out of your mind? No matter what you armchair warriors would like to believe, the US does *not* have the right to attack any country it wants...and certainly not because there are criminals there. As sweet2th pointed out, it would really help if we wonderful Americans stopped buying all those illegal drugs. Heck, should Mexico be able to bomb us because of *our* criminals who buy all those illegal drugs?

      And, GadgetCanada...I *did* read the article. Unlike you, I read that it was from 2 years ago. And noticed that commentors provided more info about the situation...like the fact the guys who were shot had picked a fight in a strip club. Now *they* were morons.

      March 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Jim, Perhaps if you got out of your crap whole you'd realize that the world is a lot bigger than your ignorance.

      March 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cpc65

    Bild.de, a German news website, had coverd this a week ago. They say she fled to the US and is seeking assylum. Makes sense to me. Good luck filling her position. If you buy drugs (i'm not talking homegrown weed) you are responsible for this problem. No demand, no cartels, smugglers and dealers killing people. Own up.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    She's missing? Very sad. They'll probably never find her.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mike andrews

    That beetch is nuts! I wouldn't go anywhere near that job...oh hell no!

    March 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    I stopped reading after "20 year old". Seriously? I hope the rest of the justice system there needs a little more life experience.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carrie

      She was the only person in the whole city who stepped up for the job. All of the previous men who held the job before her were executed by drug lords. Her strategy was to employ an all-female force that would carry no weapons. They would only do pro-active work (ie after-school programs, education, financial assistance), and no crime fighting. Rumor has it she fled to the US seeking political assylum. I guess the drug cartels didn't want her around either. Really sad what's going on down there.

      March 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zoltan

      Stupid Pendejo, She was the only one in the area with balls to try it. The men are cowards in Mexico, they run for the US border and leave their families behind. They need to Protest (RIOT) to there government to do something, its the new world way

      March 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hal

    Twenty year old police chief? Nuff said!

    March 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Hello my name is Domino...Domino Harvey!

      March 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |

    I think we should stop buying drugs from Mexico, this will stop the violence. If there is no demand there will be no suppliers.. let's just make it in the backwoods

    March 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • krill25

      The U.S will never stop buying drugs from mexico. however, if mexico would like to escape the grasps of the drug cartels and corrupt police and politicians it should implement a harsh policy towards these non-humans such as the columbian police used towards the medaiin cartel. The police or "los pepes" returned the extreme violence the cartels were using to terrorize the people in authoritative positions.

      March 9, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
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