More changes in the local cabinet
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Jaime Martínez Tapia Sánchez was removed from the Oficialía Mayor Administrativa (Office of General Administration), which now is occupied by Alejandro Castro Raya, and Luis Francisco López Chávez was appointed municipal comptroller without the approval of the city councilors from his own political party.
In a meeting held on Wednesday, June 5, the city council approved the removal of Jaime Martínez Tapia, Oficial Mayor Administrativo (General Administrator), following a proposal by Mayor Mauricio Trejo based on Articles 76 and 77, Parts 17 and 23 of the Organic Law for the State and its Municipalities, which in general cover the rights that mayors have to appoint the directors of their cabinets. Trejo’s proposal was approved with nine votes.
Trejo said that Martínez Tapia was replaced because the mayor intends to conduct a major audit of the municipal land register and he believes that Martínez Tapia is the right person for that job because he is dedicated, organized and committed. Trejo said that they will find out what happened with municipal properties that had been registered but suddenly “disappeared” from the register.
On February 9, the municipal comptroller, José García Beltrán, was also removed from his post by the city council; in that meeting the city council agreed that at the next session the largest minority in the council (PAN, National Action Party) had to propose three candidates for municipal comptroller, but the PAN party did not present any proposals. For that reason, at the last meeting, the city council decided to dismiss the right of the PAN party to present a proposal, and mayor Trejo proposed the election of Luis Francisco López Chávez as municipal comptroller, who is a member of PAN. Even though he is a member of their party, the PAN city councilors voted against his appointment, noting that López Chávez did not fulfill all the requirements to be municipal comptroller because he did not present an official letter from the state Electoral Institute stating that he was not a candidate in the 2012 elections and has not been president of a political party.
Fernando García Chávez, coordinator of the PAN city councilors, commented that they did not present the proposal in time because he has been busy trying to restore his reputation, because every time he denounces an act of corruption by the local administration he is attacked by a local TV station.