José Dapena Thompson
|José Dapena Thompson|
|Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico|
|Preceded by||José G. Tormos Vega|
|Succeeded by||Iván Ayala Cádiz|
Ponce, Puerto Rico
|Alma mater||University of Salamanca, Spain|
Dapena graduated from the University of Salamanca, Spain, in 1965. He practiced law in the island until he got involved in politics. In 1984, he defeated the candidate from the PPD by a narrow margin for the position of Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico. One of the works on the city during his tenure was the construction of the La Guancha boardwalk.
Dapena Thompson became mayor of Ponce on 22 February 1984 upon the resignation as mayor of Jose G. Tormos Vega on that day. Later, in October of that year, he became bona fide mayor via the electoral vote. In the interim, Ruben Quinones, the Ponce Municipal Secretary, was the acting mayor. He was mayor until Ivan Ayala Cadiz assumed the mayoral post in December 1987 via nomination of the New Progressive Party. Ayala Cadiz was mayor until January 1989.
In 1988, Dapena Thompson was charged as co-author of embezzlement of federal funds from HUD. As a result he resigned as mayor. Ivan Ayala Cadiz, former dean at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law, finished off Dapena Thompson's last few weeks mayoral term.
- Alcaldia de Ponce Cuidad Senorial. Iris Antongiorgi and Gladys E.Tormes Gonzalez, supervisor, Ponce Historical Archive, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- Puerto Rico Herald
- vega El Retorno de Josito Dapena. El Nuevo Dia. April 15, 1994. (In Spanish) Retrieved April 3, 2010.
- cadiz Niega Cadiz una Pobre Fiscalizacion en Ponce. El Nuevo Dia, March 1, 1994. (In Spanish.) Retrieved May 3, 2010.
- "Refugio de oro en la Legislatura". El Nuevo Día. February 4, 2010.
José G. Tormos Vega
|Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico
Iván Ayala Cádiz