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Mayor of Cancun announces new security head

Cancun, Q.R. — A new head of the Municipal Secretariat of Public Safety and Transit has been appointed for the municipality of Benito Juarez.

Municipal president, Mara Lezama, confirmed the dismissal of Jesus Perez Abarca who served as head of the Municipal Secretariat of Public Safety and Transit. He has been replaced by Eduardo Santa María Chávez.

“Today we have the resignation of Secretary Jesús Pérez Abarca and we have decided Eduardo Santa María Chávez is to be in charge of the office of the Secretary of Public Security. He has performed remarkably as director of the Tourist Police and Deputy Secretary of Control and Operations and has enough of the necessary experience to assume this important task,” said Mara Lezama, the mayor of Cancun.

Lezama said that the dismissal was due to the lack of results in security, so a new manager for the municipality was appointed to head la Secretaría Municipal de Seguridad Pública, who will coordinate with the Single Command.

The decision was made before the XVII Ordinary Session of the Cabildo in which council members and Mayor María Elena Lezama Espinoza approved the agreement that incorporated the municipality of Benito Juárez into the Single Command, which is valid until September of 2021, handing over security tasks to the state government.

Eduardo Santa María Chávez said that in the next few days, he will report on the work and safety plan for Cancun as well as give attention to high-impact crimes and robberies in different parts of the city.

Santa María Chávez has been commissioner of security in different parts of the country including Director of Operations of the Ministerial Police in Morelos and Director of the Criminal Investigation Police in Morelos. He has also served as secretary of public security in Guanajuato, the Directorate of the Tourist Police in Cancun and most recently, Control y Operaciones of the Policía Quintana Roo in Benito Juárez.