Two Public Servants Fired
By Jesús Aguado
The man responsible for crashing a car belonging to the local administration was fired after being found guilty when administrative processes brought to light irregularities in his activities. In addition, the boxing trainer at the Unidad Deportiva gymnasium was fired for hitting a user of the facilities.
On March 12, 2016, a Honda Pilot collided with a truck parked on the Libramiento Manuel Zavala and turned upside down. People on social networks discovered that the car was property of the local government. The driver suffered simple injuries, but the personnel department granted him a medical leave that lasted until March 29. An administrative process could not be started by the administration, commented the secretary of the City Council, Gonzalo González, because the employee was not present. The secretary also needed to know if the employee was working during the weekend of the accident, and again a hearing could not be started without him there. According to González, the man was an employee of the Foreign Affairs Department who sometimes had to work during the weekend to deliver passports to people who could not be contacted by phone. He also had to be in contact at times with people in the communities who report relatives missing in the US.
The Honda Pilot was a 2013 model purchased by the previous administration. It is now valued at 250,000 pesos. After the accident, the insurance companies of both vehicles arrived at the accident location. They covered the expenses; however the employee had to pay the insurance deductible.
González told Atención that when the employee finally returned to work on April 4, the administrative process against him began. It was learned that he was not working and did not have a special activity related to the government when the accident occurred. For these reasons, he was fired on April 14. “That,” said González “is a message to all public servants who drive official vehicles—myself included—that we need to take care of the vehicles that are property of the Sanmiguelenses.”
In mid-March, the director of the Municipal Commission of Sports, Alfredo Orduña, reported that the boxing trainer of the Unidad Deportiva gymnasium hit a man because he was playing with some machines in the training area of the gymnasium. When the victim went to complain to the director, he sent him to a doctor offering service to the administration workers. The doctor told the director that the blow was so strong that he could have broken the victim’s spine. The trainer was fired days later.