Partaloa has broken some sort of record – its third mayor in a row has been barred from holding public office! This tiny backwater of just 915 people seems to have an abnormally high rate of incompetent politicians. Or does it? The story so far….
Antonio Peñuela has just been barred from holding public office for seven years by the national audience for sacking the town clerk without following proper protocol when he first became mayor back in 2011.
The clerk got fired by the previous PP mayor, José González. It seems the clerk (an independent functionary) wasn’t too cooperative with the new mayor’s plans and so he had to go, to be replaced with someone more malleable. José got barred for eight years and handed over to Antonio. But Antonio refused to bring the clerk back. Antonio’s number two, a councillor called Enrique Montalvo, also got done for aiding and abetting.
According to the clerk, all men had strong links with a local building company which was in trouble for building homes in the country. The clerk said that none of the men “were comfortable with the idea of collaborating with the environmental police or the public prosecutor in their investigation into alleged planning crimes in the town”. Well, you can see where I’m going with that.
Just to make life even more interesting, Antonio and Federico were PSOE. José was PP. But José and Antonio formed a coalition to take over the council, the only PP-PSOE coalition in the province. The PSOE promptly fired the lot of them and they formed an independent grouping.
Dirty thing, local politics.