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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  1. Kelsey

    Maybe local officials(on their own or by suggestion) realized that her youthful bravado was, while noble, not in her best interest or her child's best interest. They probably did this young lady a huge favor. Regardless...this seems like the best choice for her. I just hope and pray that there is not a far more sinister reason for her absence and lack of contact. I really hope the Mexican people realize that they are going to have to fight to win this battle. The cannot expect things to change...the people have to rise up against these cartels. Lives are being lost every day and this will continue without an organized, defense by the Mexican population. The government has stated it's position..."You're on your own". They have to fight back

    March 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jorge washinsen

    How do we know there was a threat? Did anyone hear it?She will now become an American citizen automatically and be forever in the system. Why would every Mexican that comes here not claim the same?They surely are threatened every day of their life also.You can not change your country by running from it.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • T3chsupport

      How can we tell there was a threat??
      Can you read?

      March 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Superman

    Who wants the job now?? Step up now!!

    March 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. STAB

    Hmm, I've got a "post" she can report to! LOL!

    March 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jorge washinsen

    I am sure there will a lot of applications for the job now.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jillian

    Wait. They hired a 20 year old as a police chief? Maybe that's part of their problem.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Arturo

    @ kirk tell the truth, she can clean your trailer anytime... can she also share your meth? But u gata get your sister/wife to clean after herself.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Arturo

    Aruni, isn't that what your Indian towelheads did?

    March 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Captain Obvious the 3rd

    Better to be fired than fired apon!!! Mexican Police need hostile fire pay!!!

    March 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Upperhand

    End up dead? Or quit and go on vacation? The decision is really not that difficult. Hope she's enjoying an ice cold beer and a hot plate of Chimichangas.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Grammaof23

    WOW! FOX news has a much more complete story about her whereabouts. Not all about reader ratings and the drama of her not showing up for work.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • cola421

      So what.......If that's the case tune in to them then. What are you a spy from FOX trying to persuade the readers to follow you over there? FOX is not the best source of information, please know this.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daryn

      I'm sure FOX has a more complete story. Unburdened by the truth or facts, they can invent stuff to fill in the gaps. Real news organizations are stuck reporting on what is REALLY happening.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • a6102658

      Why would anyone check with Fox News for facts or any story, if you like Comic books, the n fox is for you.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      If you watch FOX News you might learn something. You must be satisfied watch the real "teabaggers" on CNN and the "leg tinglers" on MSNBC.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • neil

      FOX = Crazy like a fox a.k.a make up your own news. Its like a choose your own ending over there.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      A 20 yr old not showing up for work is not very uncommon, probably out partying all night.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scot

      And you believe everything that Fox News says ?

      March 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      The FOX report is an AP wire. If there are any inaccuracies, start by blaming AP.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Yes and if you go back and watch live news casts from 9/11, FOX

      March 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Yes and if you go back and watch live news casts from 9/11, FOX was reporting 10,000 confirmed dead around noon. Nice source you have there.

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

      Why are you guys so one sided. Can't we watch ALL of the news outlets to get the details? It not an 'us versus them' thing. geez

      March 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • tyler24

      I do watch all the cable news sources...How else would I know, for fact, that Fox is either full of lies or the worst journalists in human history?

      March 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2 L8

      I think they meant Vicente Fox to see if he knows where she is at. Surely they didn't mean the Fox news network.

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

    Clearly the whole country is nothing but cowards if a 20 year old girl who is grossly unqualified has to take this position

    March 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I guess we can assume your a coward as well then since you didn't volunteer? lol

      March 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ed

      Anyone would be a "coward" if their life is threatened all the time, even more if they threaten to target your family.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT

      And you know she's "grossly unqualified" how? Your government has 19 year olds in Afghanistan killing terrorists. So why isn't a 20 year old qualified to run the police force of a city?

      March 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      That country is as F-- up as they come. Calderone wrote a book about his grand revolution. It is a corrupt cesspit, always was, always will be.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoosier Hawk

      HA! Canada...

      March 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elphaba

      Ct says: "And you know she's "grossly unqualified" how?" I would say a twenty year old criminology student is grossly unqualified.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrea

      stupid intolerant ignorant

      March 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • V

      Like Starscream said, "Cowards do survive".

      March 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      The country is full of cowards. Instead of fighting for their country and freedom they flee to the U.S. They deserve what their country has become because they let it happen.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • canadian

      I shut the f up, you are ruining canada's image. if you don't have something good to say then don't blabber

      March 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Only sheep need a shepherd

      Marines have the highest qualifying score required of any armed force infantry. You would know that if you weren't a yellow coward bad mouthing men who place honor courage and commitment above a latte and a lexus. Sleep tight under our blanket of freedom we provide USA. If you are not american, our borders are easy to cross, come join the NWO. bababooey to you all

      March 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Havok

      @ I – totally uncalled for. Seriously.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • usmc1

      @ I. Shut you man pleaser son

      March 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josey

      Ha Ha, someone from Canada calling another person a coward. Pot calling the kettle black.....

      March 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • rxrangel

      Why don't you volunteer for Chief of Police? I am sure they would give you a waiver... Step Up Moron! The number of Cartels along the border is not just one. So if you don't get it from one you get from the others. It is not an easy job, because they are under paid. The soldiers, police, and the local officials are all hurting for money, so that makes it easy to be corrupted. If you know of way of removing this cancer with hurting innocent people by all means step up, or shut up!

      March 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • T'Shawn

      Kind of goes with an unqualified POTUS.

      March 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luis

      Hey, I'm with the canadian here. Don't you guys think there might just be a "slight" probability that the young woman is unqualified. And yes, that would make the rest of the men, in my book, cowards. How else do they expect change to come, by sitting in their a..

      March 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cdnchickie

    Sure, go ahead a fire her......judging from the last posting for CHIEF OF POLICE, you had a large pool of candidates to choose from.....

    March 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Charro

    I hate being one of THOSE guys, but why is this a story? Police get fired everyday. And considering what the hell else is going on in Mexico this REALLY is meaningless.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • MDP0086

      This is news because she is pursuing political asylum in the states. She took the position because nobody else wanted/wants it, it is too dangerous. She used the medical leave as an excuse to travel here and ask for asylum, claiming her life is in danger.

      March 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. herrsonic

    Do you really expect a 20 year old to show up to work on time?

    March 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      Strange. Numerous obsene posts on various stories have NOT been deleted even when "Report Abuse" has been clicked (I've done it myself several times, but to no avail) but several MILD replies to this post have been deleted. Why? What exactly is the standard? Apparently if you intentionally misspell a 4-letter word for copulation with a double –kk instead of –ck, it is okay, but comments about 20 year old girls being late for work is not. I'm scratching my head here.

      March 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JercoJenkins

      Are you really that old and senile? Most 20 year-olds are responsible enough to show up to work on time. Just because she's 20 doesn't mean she's lazy. Obviously there is a huge risk involved with the job she admirably took on. I'd focus on her safety rather than your ill-conceived notion that she's 20 and therefore is lazy.

      March 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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