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. chatmandu002

    The last I heard, she was asking for political asylum in the US because of the violence in Mexico. Get elected to a job in Mexico and run for the border. Is this a new way to get across the border, legally?

    March 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scott J

    According to Fox News, this young lady has fled to Texas with her daughter and is seeking asylum.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Which makes that the most unlikely scenario.

      March 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mah Boy

    I wonder if she's single. She's beautiful.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    so does some one here know were she is or what , i mean if she is in Texas come CNN tell us more pls

    March 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. the_dude

    What??? Having a 20yr old run the police force.....and it didn't work out? I am shocked. She must have found out she can get free money in the USA and that beats work any day of the week.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jamie

    Why dont they fire the senators in Wisconsin who didnt show up for their job?

    March 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Go Jamie

      March 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • crabman


      March 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anthony

    At least she had the courage to try to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. Maybe some of those who are against her in Mexico need to grow a pair!

    March 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mah Boy

      Off topic as usual you schizophrenic teabagging knucklehead

      March 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mah Boy

      Sorry Anthony, that reply wasn't meant for you. You're cool

      March 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dt8524

    She had to report to the cartels first. They pay better or she became a wetback in the U.S. for the benefit package.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael

    Having lived in Mexico for years, I think this is more typical of the bloated and useless bureaucracy than of a cover-up. First of all, they don't bother too much with cover-ups; citizens expect nothing from the government, much less a house in order. Secondly, the town secretary is posturing to emphasize his assumed power to fire city employees – probably the only thing he bothers to do except nap on the job with his feet on his desk. Mexico has one of the best set of laws, and the worst politicians, in the world. They started broadcasting congressional sessions before the USA did – but the Mexican diputados (House representative equivalent) sit there, IN SESSION AND ON TV, with their feet up on the chair in front of them, sleeping or chewing on a sandwich. What gets done about it? Nothing.
    Mexico is a rich country with mostly good, decent, hard-working, generous people. The root of all their problems is that their mentality is still in the Dark Ages and thier democracy functions according to the feudal system. The wealthy believe that their wealth gives them divine right to do whatever they feel like with no consequences, and the poor share that belief. Anyone who tries to change this is silenced by ridicule, rigged scandal, or assassination, depending on their level of actual power to make a change (e.g. 1994 presidential candidate Colosio).

    March 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kara

      Michael – I can only consider what you say is true having never lived in Mexico. But I do know talking from those native to Mexico that they are scared of their own country, ashamed to what is going on, and prefer to get the heck out of dodge than risk being murdered. Mexico is in true need of help. Even those who can't stand Mexico should worry about what is going on since the US borders Mexico. Not like there is a defined line. Several US bordering towns and cities are affected by the same violence (police being murdered, officials missing, local drug connections being killed off and replaced by Mexican connections). They don't live by the same rules. It's about power, not drugs.

      March 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Offtopic

    Well if she is in the states, and has requested citizenship, I hope they welcome her. Much better than the common immigrant that skitters across the border and hits the welfare line. Shes got backbone and shes willing to work. Id say a good example for the others.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Planck

    A young, female police chief in one of the most violent Mexican cities doesn't show up for work and no one has a clue where she is and their first reaction is "ok, lets fire her".

    This is going to be a much more interesting story when her body is found dumped somewhere after whichever drug cartel took her out had their way with her.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Arturo

    Retards maybe she didn't show up to work because she may be dead already... why don't you go check on her well being...

    March 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • chubba


      March 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chubba

    its as if they are waiting for her to come in and die....UM She didn't make it to her firing squad execution so we gave her the booT

    March 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cynic

    This girl is 20 years old. Couldn't they find any grown-ups to take this position?

    March 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • crabman

      N O --- NO BALLS

      March 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kenny

    While I hope I am wrong, I suspect the may already be dead, however, if she fled for the safety of herself and her family then I say better to be fired than fired on and killed. It appears the city she was hired to protect was quick to fire her. That being said, I hope she and her family are seeking the "Safety" of the confines of the US.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
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