CALPE Mayor Cesar Sanchez announced this week that he will be resigning from his post to focus on his work as Head of the Provincial Council of Alicante.
The announcement was followed by much deliberation as to who might take over – be it deputy Manuel Cabrera who has been reported to have shown little interest in climbing the ranks, or Ana Sala, a ‘heavyweight in local politics’ (say the Spanish press) and Councillor of Urbanism.
The possibility of Pilar Cabrera or Hilde Elisa or Peter Backaert taking over has also been deliberated.
The mayor’s impending departure has been celebrated by some residents, one criticising him for “allowing licenses for two architectural monsters and dismissing employees to reemploy them, costing the people of Calpe €1 million” before saying he has done nothing for the municipality but use his post as a “political springboard.”
It has been widely reported that the mayor was intending on resigning earlier this year, but the process was hindered by the famous Supreme Court ruling that forced him to reemploy the employees he had dismissed in 2011.