07/06/2012 Lanzarote (BG) - Mayor of Arrecife, Mauel Fajardo Feo, on Wednesday appointed Carmen Villaverde as the new auditor of Arrecife, following the arrest of previous auditor Carlos Sáenz. Villaverde has served as an accountant with the City Council since September 1994 and was responsible for that department until his appointment as auditor yesterday. Villaverde is also the current careers and technical officer of the General Administration.
The Mayor announced it was time to appoint a new auditor following the arrest of Carlos Sáenz, as part of the ongoing “Operation Montecarlo”, and the subsequent news that he is to be charged with embezzlement of public funds, bribery, money laundering, breach of trust, and forgery of public documents.
This is not the first time that Arrecife City Council has, had to make changes to key civil service position in recent years. In 2004, Secretary Feilpe Fernández Camero was dismissed, followed by the arrest of the head of the engineering department, Rafael Arrocha, as part of “Operation Union” in 2010. The post of Secretary has never been re-assigned.