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The Local Payroll Is “Madness”

Ricardo Villarreal and his wife

By Jesús Aguado

Ricardo Villarreal is analyzing the profiles of the people who will become the new directors of the administration. He commented that 70 percent of the departments are already covered, remarking that the indigenous communities will benefit the most.

October 9 is the day most hoped for by some and most hated by others because it is when Mauricio Trejo’s administration comes to an end, and the very next day the age of Ricardo Villarreal begins. Trejo’s administration has been marked by controversial information released in several media outlets that let audiences know about the administration alleged misappropriation charged with public resources, stained by the manipulation and blocking of public information, and beset by political hot potatoes. As a result 7 out of 10 sanmiguelenses did not vote for the PRI party (Trejo’s party) in the June 7 elections. Most of the voters gave their confidence to Ricardo Villarreal García, who recently concluded his three-year period as a federal legislator.

The elected mayor highlighted for Atención that he is taking the necessary time to select new directors. Although he did not want to reveal names, he did say that the Public Relations Department would be directed by María Eugenia Arriaga and the secretary of the city council will be Gonzalo González (former secretary of the city council and head of the Social Development Department). In the weeks to come he will present the cabinet.

One of the biggest challenges in his administration, he remarked, will be that of reducing the payroll expenses that have increased by 67 million pesos since 2012, going from 116 to 183 million pesos. At this time, there are 1,350 public servants in the local administration. During Villarreal’s administration, the number will be reduced by 20 percent, he commented.

During the next administration, all rural communities will receive special attention, and public works will be done, but Villarreal specified that the indigenous communities will have more opportunities because the federal government offers approximately US$649,086,000 annually to state administrations, and San Miguel is a city with the most indigenous communities in Guanajuato. Much of this money will come to the city, he assured, and the money will be invested in bridges, potable water, and electricity.

Regarding the transition process, Villarreal said that Trejo’s administration has not yet handed over the information his administration needs. When we asked Trejo about that topic, he avoided the question, saying that Horacio Montes has been appointed as the “responsible person” in the transition process between the two administrations.


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