There’s been some controversy going on -of a political nature, mostly- as to what Councilperson has what jobs and departments to take charge of. We admit to a great deal of personal confusion, though we might add that we’re not alone in it. In several posts over the last week or so, our colleagues over at TioJimeno have expressed much the same, so we’ll take a leaf (and a picture) out of their book, as we frequently and gratefully do, and offer a list of how the Council works. No, wait. There’s also some controversy about exactly that: work. For instance, how can one person have so many hats to wear? Or how can one hat be worn by the same person even if it has a different name? Click on Read more below to see what we mean (don’t miss the notes below the photos) and come back later for some editorial comments in another post.
Pascual Collado Saraiba, MAYOR (Alcalde-Presidente, or Mayor-President)
Mayoralty, Town Planning, Treasury
Mercedes Segovia Gómez, 1st VICE-MAYOR
Social Services, Women, Infants, Citizen Participation, Immigrants, Presidency and Education.
Fernando Gómez García, 2nd VICE-MAYOR
Services, Public Works, Sports, Promotion, Employment, Local Development and Markets.
Andrés Beffa García, 3rd VICE MAYOR
Security, Civil Protection and Human Resources. District Mayor of San Pablo de Buceite.
Noelia Gómez García, 4th VICE MAYOR
Environment, Street Cleaning, Agriculture and New Energies. (Previously: Mushroom Market, Street Cleaning, Environmental Workshops, Natural Resources, Agriculture and New Energies)
Jesús Rodríguez Quirós
Popular Festivities, Special Delegate for matters regarding Guadalinfo, Computer Rooms, Municipal Policy Projects on Youth, Education and New Technologies, Financial and Fiscal Rationalization.
Juan José Rondón Morales
Special Delegate for Cultural Events Programming, Management of Municipal Tourist Office, Libraries and Local Media. Management of Cultural Buildings, Musical Events and Cultural Workshops.
1. Although it can be said that a good proportion of the inhabitants of Jimena are related to each other, however distantly, you will notice a proliferation of the surname Gómez. This is actually a very common name in Spain -as is García, another prominent name in the above list- and does not necessarily imply any relationship.
2. We apologize to Councillor Juan José Rondón Morales for a rather unflattering photograph. The fact is that we stole it from TioJimeno because we didn’t have a better one, either. We will have to ask him to pose for one, maybe even wearing a tie, which might be difficult.
3. The above list is of six Councillors plus the Mayor. Seven is the PSOE majority on the Council, out of a total of 13 Councillors. If the population of the municipality grows beyond 10,000 (which at the last census appeared to have happened), the number of Councillors increases, we believe, to 17.
4. With a governing body of only seven, the question arises as to why it is necessary to have four Vice-Mayors, all of whom receive a higher salary than a mere councillor (particularly in view of the Council’s present financial circumstances, which amount to penury). A Vice-Mayor, or Teniente de Alcalde, is empowered to take over from the Mayor in his absence, and can sign documents in the Mayor’s name. There are several legal rigmaroles attached to the previous sentence, but they are of a confusing nature and we are not enamoured of legal disentanglements, so please bare with us if we don’t attempt the task.