The local administration, a transition in progress
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The meetings of the transition teams for the next local government have started. The elected mayor, Mauricio Trejo, said that the information provided by the municipal government has been very superficial. He also said that the current local government does not have an updated public account and for that reason, San Miguel could face the biggest financial fraud in its history.
The transition teams
The current administration, headed by Luz María Núñez Flores, will end on October 9. From October 10, 2012 to October 9, 2015, Mauricio Trejo will be the constitutional mayor. The transition legally began on September 10, with the forming of the two transition teams, one from the current administration, made up by Mayor Núñez, Juan Rosario Licea Perales (City Secretary), Claudio Mayer Guala (Assistant Mayor) and Héctor Saenz de Viteri (General Administrator). Mauricio Trejo previously introduced his team, made up by Jaime Labrada who is an accountant, and two lawyers, Horacio Montes and Ramón Medellín.
On September 25, in a press conference, Mauricio Trejo and his team informed that they already are holding meetings with the members of the local government. Currently they have made the review of several dependences, such as: Public Security, Traffic, Civil Protection, secretariat of the city council and public works. But the information provided from those dependences is not enough.
A possible financial fraud
Mauricio Trejo said that according to the municipal comptroller, the current administration has not updated the public account, until February this year. “There are rumors stating that they are working on that. But that is one of the biggest responsibilities of the mayor, because, if there is no public account, they cannot have information about the 2012 incomes and expenses. “We cannot know if we will receive an administration with enough resources for operating the last three months of 2012,” said Trejo. He also commented that the affirmations from the municipal authorities, where they say that there will be money enough for operating until December the 31, is false” and I say this “in a professional way.”
Trejo also gave names of some directors during his administration. Jaime Labrada, who is already working with him, will be the municipal treasurer. The director of the Commission of Sports, would be the national tae kwon do champion, Alejandro Ramirez. About firing employees from the city hall, he said that they will have enough time to prove their abilities and if they do not work, then they will be fired.
Trejo commented that the Tourism Council, which does not even have a president, will be restructured and transformed into an office of conventions, according to a project from the elected Governor Miguel Márquez.
Next week read an interview with Mauricio Trejo about the NGO´s office.