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. epona

    Fired for being dead.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. betterdays

    If she were a Wisconsin state senator she'd still have a job.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jon

    shes probrally dead sad to say and when i first heard of this i knew it would happen why not its happened to more cops than none down there

    March 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ecp67

    Give her credit for coming us with a far more creative path to migrating than the traditional anchor baby approach.
    This way, her whole family gets to stay legally through amnesty. Expect a flood of short term sherrifs applying soon...

    March 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. crabman


    March 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Logic

    She is 20 years old? Obviously no one there ever employed a 20-year-old. They tend to not show up from time to time. You yell at them or fire them, but it is not unusual. Hey, you are the ones who hired her to be police chief...

    March 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rod C. Venger

    The last I heard...Friday I think...she was here in the US asking for asylum. Smart of her not to tell the folks back home what she was up to else her head would be the next one found in a paper sack. She has guts, I'll give her that. I didn't think she'd live a month after she took the job.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Harvey

    Check the border.
    Probably climbing over the fence right now so she can have a baby in the USA and get welfare.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Arturo

    St8524, to scared to use your name, your mother is a wetback also!

    March 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. larrywi

    Wai a minute, didn't i read last week that she had fled MX and is now in the US, due to death threats?

    March 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe Talks

    Is this a joke? not bad for monday... jajajajajajaja,,

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

    At 20 years old I was still playing nintendo

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

    @ Harvey look around dumb@as this country will soon be dominated by minorities and racist b@stards like u will no longer be relevant!

    March 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mm

    So they just fire her instead of finding out if she's dead or alive. How cold!

    March 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lola

    How do they know she hasn't been abducted?

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