In a lawless area of Mexico where police officers frequently quit because of low pay and high risks, where police chiefs and mayors are regularly murdered, and where drug cartels seem to be in control, one town’s solution to these problems is more remarkable than any movie I’ve ever watched. The town of Praxedis G. Guerrero, near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, has hired a 20-year-old woman to serve as police chief. Marisol Valles Garcia, the young woman who hasn’t completed a criminology degree, has little practical law enforcement experience beyond previous employment as a department secretary.
Why has the town of Praxedis G. Guerrero hired an untested, young female to ride ‘shot gun’ over what once was a quiet farming area now turned battle ground for two rival gangs? It’s a desperate solution arrived at by the town's mayor Jose Luis Guerrero. Mayor Guerrero solicited proposals from residents on how to make their town safer. Guerrero thought Garcia’s response was worthy of a job offer. Read more about Marisol Valles Garcia and inspiration women on my blog Living in the Heartland.