José Dapena Thompson

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Dapena and the second or maternal family name is Thompson.
José Dapena Thompson
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Mayor Jose G. Dapena Thompson
Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico
In office
1984–1988
Preceded by José G. Tormos Vega
Succeeded by Iván Ayala Cádiz
Personal details
Born ca. 1938
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Alma mater University of Salamanca, Spain
Profession Lawyer, Politician

José Joaquin Dapena Thompson (born ca. 1938), known as Josito, was a Puerto Rican politician and Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico from 1986 to 1988.

Schooling[edit]

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.

Mayoral term[edit]

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.[1]

Resignation[edit]

In 1988, Dapena Thompson was charged as co-author of embezzlement of federal funds from HUD.[2] As a result he resigned as mayor.[3] 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.[4]

Today[edit]

Dapena Thompson lived in Florida and worked with his son, José Dapena, as of counsel and notary. He has also served as legal advisor to senator Larry Seilhamer.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alcaldia de Ponce Cuidad Senorial. Iris Antongiorgi and Gladys E.Tormes Gonzalez, supervisor, Ponce Historical Archive, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  2. ^ Puerto Rico Herald
  3. ^ vega El Retorno de Josito Dapena. El Nuevo Dia. April 15, 1994. (In Spanish) Retrieved April 3, 2010.
  4. ^ cadiz Niega Cadiz una Pobre Fiscalizacion en Ponce. El Nuevo Dia, March 1, 1994. (In Spanish.) Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  5. ^ "Refugio de oro en la Legislatura". El Nuevo Día. February 4, 2010. 

See also[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
José G. Tormos Vega
Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico
1986–1988
Succeeded by
Iván Ayala Cádiz