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New head of Public Security sworn in for Cancun position after former head reported for corruption

Cancun, Q.R. — The City of Cancun has sworn in José Pablo Mathey Cruz as Secretary of Public Security and Transit. Mathey Cruz is replacing the former head after recent allegations of corruption.

Days after a video went viral on allegations of corruption by the former head, Cancun Mayor Ana Patricia Peralta, along with the Benito Juárez City Council, unanimously agreed to replace him.

Mathey Cruz was sworn in as the municipality’s new Secretario de Seguridad Pública y Tránsito who “was chosen based on the curriculum presented, but above all the certainty of capacity and honesty in carrying out the position,” the city said in a statement.

José Pablo Mathey Cruz as Secretary of Public Security and Transit for Cancun. Photo: Government of Cancun

“This appointment is intended to strengthen the security strategy in the state and have direct communication with the C5. I instruct you to work hand in hand with all law enforcement agencies, both state and federal, that we coordinate and attend to the proposals of the various Security Tables and that we consider crime prevention as the axis of public security policy in the municipality,” Peralta said.

Two months earlier, Mathey Cruz was appointed to head the Cancun office. After this latest scandal, he was appointed to head the position, replacing his former boss after he was dismissed after allegations of internal corruption. The city continues to investigate those allegations.

Earlier this week, an active transit officer released a video claiming that his commander demands 800 peso per day from each officer to be able to work.