Woman, 20, is Mexican police chiefSubmitted by McClarinJ on Sat, 10/23/2010 - 19:54
This inspiring story of a young mother and criminology student taking on the dangerous position of police chief in drug-war-torn northern Chihuahua has gone world-wide. Google "Marisol Valles García" and you'll find loads of news stories.
College student named police chief in Mexico; no one else applied
By Liz Goodwin
A town near drug cartel capital Juarez, Mexico, had just one applicant for police chief after a spate of killings of public officials in drug-related violence.
So now the new chief in Guadalupe, a town of 10,000 residents near the Texas border, is 20-year-old college criminology major Marisol Valles García.
Public officials have increasingly become the targets of assassination as Mexican cartels try to tighten their grasp on the country. Just this year, 11 Mexican mayors have been slain, including the former mayor of Guadalupe, who was killed in June. In the small town, "police officers and security agents have been killed, some of them beheaded," according to the AFP.