But She is Inexperienced

I had a post ready for today, but I saw the following story and had to comment...
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Twenty-year old student and mother of a young child, Marisol Valles Garcia, just accepted a new job. 


It is not any ordinary job, in fact, the mayor was unable to find anyone else who would accept the position; that of chief of police of Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, Mexico.

Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero with a population of only about 8,500 residents, is considered one of the country's most violent towns.

The town's mayor, Jose Luis Guerrero de la Pena, recently asked for suggestions from the community regarding how to combat the violence that terrorizes residents.  The young Valles impressed the mayor so much with her ideas centered around community policing that he offered her the chief of police's job.
 
So what are people saying about Chief of Police Valles?

Well, it has not exactly been supportive...


1) Criticize Her Age

"Inexperienced police chief, 20, ready to take on drug gangs"


"Let’s see what a woman can do... things can’t get any worse."


"Let's hope it is not a reckless act on her part."


"Whether her decision is courageous or foolhardy, the appointment shows how desperate the situation has become in the Juarez Valley."

*Note: There are many other negative comment categories on the new chief--I don't feel comfortable in listing them.

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To her critics?  Well, I did not see anyone else jumping with arm straight up in the air yelling "Pick Me!  Pick Me!"  She loves her community, and wants to improve it.  Residents are encouraged by her bravery.

So let her go...

Throughout history, great young inexperienced leaders were the folks not afraid to confront seemingly impossible odds against success and take risks during  the process.

I wish Chief Valles the best and hope that she is able to institute positive changes in her dangerous little neck of the woods. 

33 comments:

eks said...

i also made a post on this. well, if no one is willing to accept the job, her willingness to do so should count for something, right? i pray that she makes it.

Diana said...

I saw this today also... my first reaction was something like "Wow! You go, girl!" She's studying all that legal stuff, and wants to improve her community... sometimes it takes the little guy (or gal) to change the world. More power to her. I truly hope she can bring greater things to her community. Especially since no one else seems to be stepping up to the plate. Cheers to Chief Valles! Bravo! :D

Z Joya said...

I can't help but look up to her courage. Will read more about her.

BobKat said...

Bravo Slam... I also was impressed by this news when I read it yesterday - glad to see you posted the story. If she survives the weekend I feel she could do a great job! In the face of danger she has taken on the challenge because she loves her community. That is courage and hope.

It might be noted she will not be fighting the war on drugs, but rather, her job is that of bringing the community together.

Thanks for posting!

Candice said...

She is a very brave woman to take this on. I am worried for her, not for her age or sex, but because people aren't exactly lasting in that position!!

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

What a big undertaking...good luck to her.

Expat From Hell said...

Kudos to you, SD, for putting a post up on this hot topic. I wonder if the publicity of this young lady taking on the "Goliath" of the drug cartels will be the beginning of something. For sure, she's got the "Joan of Arc" positioning. Hopefully she won't meet the same result. EFH

Diane said...

A brave strong woman.... I wish her safety and wisdom. :O)

Lydia Kang said...

My first reaction is, she's already a hero. Facing horrible odds and danger to her life and family. I hope she succeeds.

Jeanette Levellie said...

I think she's to be applauded and encouraged. Give her all the support in the world, plus a bullet proof vest.

SuziCate said...

I think it is a brave thing she ahs done! I wish her the best. I hope this is just the beginning of many great things for her.

Brian Miller said...

nice. i applaud her bravery...and conviction...

WomanHonorThyself said...

wow some people are really inspirational dude..thanks for the heads up on this one!

vanilla north said...

I saw it on TV... we have to give it to her for having more balls than all the dudes there.
I hope she makes it, I really do ;)

Audrey Allure said...

It's true - no one else seems to be standing up to take the job, at least she's willing to help improve things.

He & Me + 3 said...

Everyone is inexperienced when they take their first job of a new job. She might just have enough heart to get the job done.

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh wow. She really put herself in the line of fire, didn't she? No good deed goes unpunished. It's sad how often I think that!

Nikole Hahn said...

It's Mexico. That's a male dominated world. It's people like that woman who need to be the movers and shakers in Mexico. Their country is a worse mess than ours. Bravo for her courage and now we need to pray for her safety and wisdom. That's a tough world. We as Americans have no clue what it's like.

terri said...

I hope she surprises everyone and manages to create some positive change in her community!

Jen said...

A modern day Joan of Arc...

kcinnova said...

She's got guts to take this one (there's a reason no one has stepped up before now), she has a love for her community, and she has hope. I'd call that a win-win-win situation. Wishing her much luck and support from those that really matter: the people in her community!

Jack said...

I wish her well. I applaud her courage, but I do worry about her safety. It is not an exaggeration to say that this could be life threatening.

ladyfi said...

Good for her! Courageous and willing to do more than just talk. Perhaps her fresh new ideas will have a positive effect on her community.

Shannon said...

Never ceases to amaze me at how people can sit back and complain about how things are, but do nothing to take action to change it.

I hope she proves all the nay-sayers wrong!

jodeeluna said...

I worry about her. She is three years younger than my youngest daughter and speaking from a mother's perspective, that is pretty darn young!

Holly said...

I am going to have to pay attention and see what happens. I hope she is successful but am also scared fr her...it surely wont be an easy task. I applaud her bravery.

Kell said...

I read about this, she is one brave woman. That must be a terrifying thing to do but I applaud anyone willing to fight for true justice.

buywowaccount said...

Dunno if courage is enough alone to face all hardships in future. It would require more than an iron hand and reputation to polish that town cleanly. Might as well pray for her safety.

angelcel said...

It's too easy to be snide and critical when instead she should be applauded for stepping forward into the firing line for a community that she clearly loves.

aconnectiontomyheart said...

Wow! I am so proud of this young lady! I hope she knows what she is getting into and not being blinded by all the media attention (confusion) surrounding her! Don't know what lies ahead of her in the future, but hope she is successful in her mission. The war lords might have other plans for her, sad!!
So, what is this SD, you are rolling out your International Edition with this??
:)

izziedarling said...

I am glad you wrote this. I am terrified for her. No one steps up to the plate because it is a death sentence. We used to go to those border towns all the time; now I don't know a single soul who'll go within 15 miles of the Tex/Mex border.She is in my prayers.

Pia said...

she's brave to have accepted a job that dangerous. so unless anyone in her place would volunteer to do what she was tasked to do, they better just zip their lips.

malone8 said...

"Action Over Inaction" wins the day every time.