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Gonzalo González, Interim Mayor

By Jesús Aguado

“Let’s leave the politicians to do the politics. In this administration, we will use our time to work,” said Gonzalo González—interim Mayor—in an interview.

On March 24 this year, Ricardo Villarreal—who won the mayoral race on July 2, 2015—asked for a permit to leave office in order to run for federal legislator. The same day, Gonzalo González resigned from the Secretariat of the City Council and was proposed to occupy the mayoral chair on an interim basis. The members of the City Council accepted him in a post that he could fill until October 9, when Villarreal’s administration comes to an end.

Gonzalo González is a 44-year-old Sanmiguelense. He is an attorney who got his law degree from the Universidad de Guanajuato and also has a master’s in constitutional rights and amparo, or human rights law, from Universidad Iberoamericana in León. He began working in public administration in 2000 as director of the city’s legal department. In 2002, he was appointed as director of Public Services. From 2003-2006, he was director of Social and Human Development. Then, in early 2006, he was designated the secretary of the City Council, but he left that post on October 9 of the same year. From then he worked as an attorney until October 9, 2015, when he returned as secretary of the City Council.

González recently sat down with Atención for an interview about his new post as interim mayor.

Jesús Aguado: Who is making the decisions in the City Council, you or still Ricardo Villarreal?

Gonzalo González: Mayor Villarreal, with a leave of absence, is giving me the freedom to make decisions. Of course, I will accept advice. I will respect his expertise, but I am making decisions, not him.

JA: You were not elected by the popular vote. How must the Sanmiguelenses take the City Council’s decision?

GG: I was appointed and accepted as interim mayor by all the members of the City Council, and they are the representatives of the San Miguel residents. I do have a major responsibility with the City Council for that, but also with the citizens of San Miguel de Allende. I want them to see me as a mayor with a great desire to work tirelessly for all sectors and, also, to treat every person as they deserve in order to gain their confidence.

JA: What would be the challenges for your administration in the next seven months?

GG: Now that we are in campaign season (mayoral race), we do have the challenge of working daily to offer quality services from this administration. We do have much work to do. We have 400 public works in different phases that we need to finish, and we will focus our energy on that. We also will work to consolidate the topic of public services—lighting, electricity, potable water, and cleaning. Tourism is on the table: We want more people, but also we want to offer them better services and professionalism from the traffic and police officers. For that reason, human rights training courses and [training in] how to act in times of crisis will be offered with resources from the federation and the state.

JA: Could you mention three public works that could mark your seven-month administration?

GG: The new Zeferino Gutiérrez park will be a new lung to the city, and it will be the second biggest in San Miguel after the Juárez. Actually, since the construction of the Juárez, no more parks with the same extension have been constructed. We will work to consolidate the new linear park of Cachinches in Cuevitas. It has been on the table for many years, but our administration will make it possible, and currently we have 11 million pesos. We will work on the Canine Center, which will be the second most important in the country. The first phase of three will include the building and equipment and the third will feature a cemetery for pets, where people would be able to plant a tree after their pet’s burial.

JA: Will you visit rural communities and neighborhoods to be closer to the people?

GG: We cannot right now, because of the upcoming election, and we are being watched over by the Electoral Institute. However, we are working daily in the “house” of Sanmiguelenses—this administrative building—to solve important topics, and take care of the finances, which are the healthiest in the state. We will work here for Sanmiguelenses, treating them with dignity and respect, and by giving them the attention they deserve.

 

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