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. R.A.M

    I mean how do we know she hasn't been kidnapped by gangs!! Come on Man

    March 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank - Ohio

    If you know someone who tortures animals and wets the bed, he is either a serial killer or he works for Internal Affairs.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dave

    1. She's the mayor – if she doesn't show up for work 1 day after leave, shouldn't they be 'concerned' for her?
    2. Sounds like the bureaucrats have it in for her.
    3, No good dead goes unpunished.
    4. I hope she and her baby are well.
    5. She needs proper guidance from elders (i.e. quit the job and take care of baby – too risky to put her young life on the line against cartels)

    March 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Reply

      I find it ironic that you misspelled "deed" with "dead," so now it is "No good dead goes unpunished." (as in not alive)

      March 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Way to itemize the obvious, Davey. Thanks!

      March 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |


    March 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • U.R. AnIdiot

      How appropriate. Your family motto I presume...

      March 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tim

    This is a non-article. There's nothing more important to write about today? In the entire world?

    March 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. iconemi

    i wonder if she still gets a pension seeing she was on the payroll.....

    March 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DLR

    Just another reason why everyone should read "Hell is an Awfully Big City"

    March 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. festus

    I guess that the mexican version of the "Sarah Palin" look didn't scare the criminals.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Juan Valdez

    It seems that they are focussing on her firing.. and not the fact that she has been missing for 2 and a half days...lol

    March 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bigpat

    she is probably cooking beans and tortillas.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clete

      You are an idiot. Go back to kneeling in front of your swastika you double digit IQ "American"

      March 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    Trailer Trash , could u say something intelligent pls

    March 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ron

    It is completely ridiculous that a 20 year old student should become a police chief. Please tell me this is not true.

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

      20 year old officers in the Army. This age argument is ridiculous.

      March 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank - Ohio

    Marisol García Valles Esto suena como alguien del cartel de la droga está detrás de ti.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Heywood Jablome

    Yes, while she is decomposing in a barrel 50ft off the highway her "employer" is firing her for being late to work on Monday at 8:05 am. I'm guessing he won't be temporarily filling in for her but will be championing his indignation for the press. I believe they're building your barrel now as we speak.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • musings

      Hope not.

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

    U like beans n tortillas, yo quiero taco bell

    March 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
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