Municipal government transition has begun
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
On September 10, the local government transition will officially begin, and for that reason the elected mayor, Mauricio Trejo, introduced his transition crew. With his team he expects to take over an organized and financially healthy administration. He also announced that 95 percent of his cabinet has already been selected and noted that an office specifically to serve expats will be established.
On August 29, during a press conference, Trejo introduced his team for the governmental transition, commenting that “the law is clear: beginning September 10, the formal activities for the transition start.” He also said that they will have a formal and legal transition, although they are not finding the friendliest conditions on the part of the current administration, referring to some meetings that they previously had with the current mayor, Luz María Núñez. “At the beginning there was willingness, but the conditions were not the best,” said Trejo, who also added, “We have not found the conditions that we need for the transition. We need spaces, honesty, transparency and cooperation, and we cannot work with any conditions.”
Team for the transition
Trejo, before introducing his team, said that sanmiguelenses must know and trust in him because “I am surrounding myself with professionals who know how to do their work, and they also are committed to making a good transition for the best beginning of the municipal administration on October 10.” The team will be headed by Ramón Medellin, an economist with a master’s degree in public administration who is experienced in municipal affairs and has worked for the federal, state and local governments. Jaime Labrada, a public accountant, will be in charge of finances; he is certified by the National Association of Public Accountants and has a master’s degree in taxation. He said, “I am taking part in this team in order to obtain all the information that will allow the continuing of the administration.” Finally, Horacio Montes, a lawyer who has worked for the local, state and federal governments, will be in charge of taxes. Trejo is hoping to find an administration with healthy finances; they are making alternate plans if that is not the case, but they do not expect them to be necessary.
Cabinet and new direction
Trejo commented that he will introduce his team to the media and also to sanmiguelenses a week before October 10 and said that currently 95 percent of his directors have been selected. He is still choosing the directors of Culture, Education and Traditions. During his administration, he will create an office to address needs of the expat community in San Miguel “to help them as much as possible.” He commented that one of the goals of this administration will be the inclusion of the expat community as far as the law allows it, because “everyone in San Miguel is part of the solution, and no one will be excluded from this administration.”
Núñez expects smooth transition
Mayor Núñez told Atención that her government will be in the best position for a fast, transparent and clear process of transition that will allow the administration to go forward. She said that they are following the timetables stated by regulations and they will name the team for the transition on September 10. Núñez said that they will hand over an administration with good finances and money to operate and also they will leave money for programs and works in progress.