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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  1. El PAsoan1

    If she's not coming to work, then I guess we'll just have to find another person who deserves the $3.00 we pay! That's enough to risk your life, right?

    March 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JoeT

    So.. lemme get this striaght. The chief law enforcement officer for a town riddled with drug violence and cartel activity goes missing for the weekend, and doesn't show up for work. Now, I'm in Dallas, TX, mind you, but the first assumption would be fould play. Instead or conducting a thorough search for the this woman, the authorities are firing her, case closed. Any questions why the only people stepping up to the plate for this town have more courage than sense?

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

      Joe...I lived in Mexico for a short time (gringa that I am even though I'm Puerto Rican...by the way I still don't know why Mexicans here in the state hate Puerto Ricans?!?!?!) anyway...I noticed that alot of the corruption that goes on start with people getting paid off....it's sad to say....I just hope this young lady and her child are ok and safe.....She was awfully valiant to step up in the first place when so few wouldn't in the times they are facing......

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

      And congratulations to Joe for the first intelligent, literate post on this story!

      March 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • zach

      i was thinking the same thing. my first thought if the chief of police in a mexican border town didn't show up for work and couldn't be contacted... couldn't she have been murdered? i guess they have heard something back from her or CNN would've immediately jumped to that conclusion or made some sort of inference.

      March 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. freaked out

    Everytime I read comments on this or any other new website, I am amazed at the ignorant comments. Says a lot about people in our country the good old USA. Are there that many ignorant prejudiced people still around? Very upsetting.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucky 13

      I agree with you 100% Freaked Out. The stupid, inconsiderate, prejudice comments people share on this page and others really is very sad. Yes, there are quite afew idiots out there. God Bless us all......

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

      Now you see why we have an electoral college.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Only sheep need a shepherd

      To quote "The princess bride" film..... "IInigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means, what you think it means".

      I'm referring to the word "Ignorant" google the def.

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

      A hilarious quote from Lucky13: "Yes there are quite a few idiots out there. God bless us all."

      March 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      I think he meant rude instead of ignorant.

      March 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. YouAreScared

    I see that none of You understand or can grasp the concept of life outside of Your computer. She has real life issues, not the world of warcraft things that You commenters bring. Most of You wouldnt confront an insect, let alone a group of armed men. The internet is the greatest thing and at the same time it should have been made for only those that truly deserve to be involved.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Back To FourthGrade

      Would you please learn when to and when not to use CApiTAl leTTeRs?

      March 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Patriot

      >citing World of Warcraft
      >must roll a WoW toon

      March 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Willie12345

    We should send Janet Nappy down there for fill in.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. trailer trash

    I'm a stupid country redneck.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Aruni

    Her whole purpose is a speedy ticket to the US!! She is seeking Asylum my friends!! It is all planned from the beginning!! There will be more chicks in the future who would do the same!!! Now she will eat our tax payer money!!

    March 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      As long as they look like her, no problem.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin Observation

      Intelligent and gutsy, I'm thinking she would contribute more to America than take away.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Citizen

    Can we just concentrate on the USA's matters and leave other countries for near future?

    March 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. T3chsupport

    Thanks, CNN. I had to get the 'real' news from the commenters here on this board, and then search out facts from other news sources.

    From 'latina dot com' (apparently via AFP), on 3-4-11
    "After being hailed as “the bravest woman in Mexico” for becoming a 20-year-old female police chief in a town where drug cartels had beheaded her predecessor, Marisol Valles Garcia of drug-embattled Pradexis Guerrero apparently crossed the border and is seeking asylum in the United States for herself and her infant son.

    The college student had apparently been receiving death threats for refusing to work with drug bosses in the area, according to relatives who spoke to AFP news. Valles had been studying criminology in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s drug murder capital when she responded for calls for crime-fighting prevention ideas in Pradexis Guerrero. Officials liked her ideas so much they offered her the job, which had been empty for almost two years."

    March 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      She's hiding out at my house.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lou50

    we heard last week she had beat feet cross the boarder to Texas and most likely is collecting welfare from the Federal Gubmint. She gets extra if she can't name the father just like US non tax payers.

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

      I see misery in your future, at least I hope so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

      Well said Lou50!

      March 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Your kind heart just makes me weep. Geez.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. woodie

    A 20 yr old girl with a newborn baby is police chief? Um, !? You hired her, you need to support her.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      See, in most parts of the world, the age of 20 is considered a woman, not a girl. The USA has a ridiculously extended childhood where 20-somethings are completely inept, incapable, incompetent children. This WOMAN is a parent, a college student, a working person, and a leader. Instead of assuming that she's an underqualified child, maybe you should reconsider how pathetic young American women are, and perhaps this young Mexican woman is just that much more competent than her American counterparts.

      Marisol Garcia, I hope you're okay.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Nice try, Leo, but you are of course wrong. This young woman had zero police or military experience (or even training) prior to taking this job. Studying criminology in school, college or other, does not train anyone for real police work. Studying Gross Anatomy and Chemical Biology does not make you a qualified surgeon.

      March 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Elphaba

    My question is this. Will se be able to collect retirement?

    March 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    We should send down CHARLIE SHEEN , he'll scare the BAZOKA ot of all those mafia guys

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


      March 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jon


    March 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Augus

    I admire the courage of this young woman. She was so bold enough to accept this job. Whether she backed off from her job or not is another story. People like her need support from the local people.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aruni

      Her whole purpose is a speedy ticket to the US!! She is seeking Asylum my friends!! It is all planned from the beginning!! There will be more chicks in the future who would do the same!!! Now she will eat our tax payer money!!

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