Ministry of the Interior and Public Security (Chile)

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The Ministry of Home Affairs and Public Security (Spanish: Ministerio del Interior y Seguridad Pública) is the cabinet-level administrative office in charge of "maintaining public order, security and social peace" within Chile. It is also charged with planning, directing, coordinating, executing, controlling, and informing the domestic policies formulated by the President of Chile. As responsible for local government, the minister supervises all non-elected regional authorities.

The current Minister of Home Affairs is Andrés Chadwick (as of November 5, 2012). His Undersecretary of Home Affairs is Rodrigo Ubilla Mackenney and the Undersecretary of Regional Development is Miguel Flores Vargas. In the absence (because of travel, death, or other impediment) of the President of Chile, the Minister of Home Affairs becomes Vice-President.

History[edit]

During the first days of the independence movements, the senior "secretary" of the respective Junta would function as the Secretary of Government. The office officially first came to be on October 27, 1812, when it was one of the two secretariats created by the Constitutional Norms approved on that date. It was then named Secretariat of Home Affairs. It was abolished in 1814 by the Spanish authorities when, after the Battle of Rancagua, they re-asserted royal power.

In 1818, after independence, the secretariat was re-established, but this time as a "Ministry of Government" (1817-1818) later renamed "Ministry of Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs" (1829-1871). During this period, its functions normally subsumed the future Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was separated as an independent government administration in 1871. This ministry has undergone several reorganizations during its long history, reflected in its different names:

  • Ministry of Government (1817-1818)
  • Ministry of Government and Foreign Affairs (1818-1829)
  • Ministry of Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs (1829-1871)
  • Ministry of Home Affairs (1871 - 2011)
  • Ministry of Home Affairs and Public Security (2011–present)

The function of chief of government was un-officially assumed by the Minister of Home Affairs and Public Security (1891-1925).

Titulars[edit]

Patria Vieja period[edit]

Picture Name Entered Office Exited Office Notes Appointed by
JGMarin.jpg José Gaspar Marín Esquivel September 18, 1810 July 4, 1811 Served concurrently Government Junta
of the Kingdom of Chile
JoseGregorioArgomedo02.jpg José Gregorio Argomedo Montero
Manuel Joaquín de Valdivieso Maciel August 10, 1811 September 4, 1811 Second Junta
AgustinVialSantelices.jpg Agustín Vial Santelices September 4, 1811 November 15, 1811 Served concurrently Third Junta
JoseGregorioArgomedo02.jpg José Gregorio Argomedo Montero
MRodriguezE.jpg Manuel Rodríguez Erdoyza December 16, 1811 April 2, 1812 Fifth Junta
AgustinVialSantelices.jpg Agustín Vial Santelices April 2, 1812 October 2, 1812 Sixth Junta
October 27, 1812 April 1, 1813 Secretary of Home Affairs
MDeSalas.jpg Manuel de Salas Corbalán April 1, 1813 April 13, 1813 Served concurrently Government Junta
of Chile (April 1813)
MEgana.jpg Mariano Egaña Fabres
April 13, 1813 March 9, 1814 Secretary of Government
José María Villareal March 14, 1814 July 23, 1814 Secretary of Government Francisco de la Lastra
BernardoVeraPintado.jpg Bernardo de Vera y Pintado July 23, 1814 August 10, 1814 Secretary of Government and Finance Government Junta
of Chile (July 1814)
MRodriguezE.jpg Manuel Rodríguez Erdoyza August 10, 1814 October 2, 1814 Secretary of Government and Finance

Ministers of Government and Foreign Affairs[edit]

Picture Name Entered Office Exited Office Notes Appointed by
MJZanartu.jpg Miguel Zañartu y Santa María February 18, 1817 August 1, 1818 Bernardo O'Higgins
AntonioJoseIrisarri.jpg Antonio José de Irisarri Alonso August 1, 1818 October 30, 1818
Joaquín Echeverría Larraín October 30, 1818 January 28, 1823
MEgana.jpg Mariano Egaña Fabres January 28, 1823 July 12, 1824 Government Junta
FAntonioPinto.jpg Francisco Antonio Pinto Díaz July 12, 1824 February 22, 1825 Ramón Freire
FRVicuna.jpg Francisco Ramón Vicuña Larraín February 22, 1825 June 18, 1825
Juan de Dios Vial del Río June 18, 1825 October 9, 1825
JCampinoS.jpg Joaquín Campino Salamanca October 9, 1825 March 8, 1826
Ventura Blanco Encalada March 8, 1826 October 20, 1826
MJGandarillas.jpg Manuel José Gandarillas Guzmán October 20, 1826 March 8, 1827 Agustín Eyzaguirre
José Miguel del Solar Marín March 8, 1827 December 13, 1827 Ramón Freire
Carlos Rodríguez Erdoyza December 13, 1827 July 16, 1829 Francisco Antonio Pinto
Melchor José Ramos Font July 16, 1829 November 9, 1829 Francisco Ramón Vicuña
José Nicolás de la Cerda Santiago Concha November 9, 1829 December 7, 1829

Ministers of Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs[edit]

Picture Name Entered Office Exited Office Notes Appointed by
JFranciscoMenenes.jpg Juan Francisco Meneses Echanes February 20, 1830 April 5, 1830 Francisco Ruiz-Tagle
DPortalesP.jpg Diego Portales Palazuelos April 5, 1830 August 31, 1831 Appointed by José Tomás Ovalle
Reappointed by Fernando Errázuriz
RErrazurizA.png Ramón Errázuriz Aldunate August 31, 1831 May 17, 1832 José Joaquín Prieto
JTocornalJ.jpg Joaquín Tocornal Jiménez May 17, 1832 November 9, 1835
DPortalesP.jpg Diego Portales Palazuelos November 9, 1835 June 6, 1837 Interim
JTocornalJ.jpg Joaquín Tocornal Jiménez June 7, 1837 July 25, 1840
MMonttTorres.jpg Manuel Montt Torres July 25, 1840 March 27, 1841
José Miguel Yrarrázaval Alcalde March 27, 1841 May 19, 1841
RamonLuisYrarrazavalAlcalde.jpg Ramón Luis Yrarrázaval Alcalde May 19, 1841 April 10, 1845 Appointed by
Reappointed by Manuel Bulnes
MMonttTorres.jpg Manuel Montt Torres April 10, 1845 September 18, 1846
MCVialFormas.jpg Manuel Camilo Vial Formas September 18, 1846 June 12, 1849
JJPerez.jpg José Joaquín Pérez Mascayano June 12, 1849 April 19, 1850
AVarasDLB.jpg Antonio Varas de la Barra April 19, 1850 September 18, 1856 Appointed by
Reappointed by Manuel Montt
Francisco Javier Ovalle Bezanilla September 29, 1857 September 18, 1856
JeronimoUrmeneta.jpg Jerónimo Urmeneta García-Abello September 29, 1857 May 1, 1860
AVarasDLB.jpg Antonio Varas de la Barra May 1, 1860 September 18, 1861
Manuel Alcalde Velasco September 18, 1861 July 9, 1862 José Joaquín Pérez
Manuel Antonio Tocornal y Grez July 9, 1862 May 10, 1864
AlvaroCovarrubiasOrtuzar.jpg Alvaro Covarrubias Ortúzar May 10, 1864 September 8, 1866 Minister of Home Affairs
September 8, 1866 September 26, 1867
Francisco Vargas Fontecilla September 26, 1867 November 13, 1868
MLAmunategui.png Miguel Luis Amunátegui Aldunate November 13, 1868 August 2, 1870
BPratsPerez.jpg Belisario Prats Pérez August 2, 1870 September 18, 1871
Eulogio Altamirano Aracena September 18, 1871 December 2, 1871 Federico Errázuriz Zañartu

Ministers of Home Affairs[edit]

Picture Name Entered Office Exited Office Notes Appointed by
Eulogio Altamirano Aracena December 2, 1871 September 18, 1876 Federico Errázuriz Zañartu
José Victorino Lastarria Santander September 18, 1876 October 27, 1877 Aníbal Pinto
VReyes.jpg Pedro Vicente Reyes Palazuelos October 27, 1877 August 5, 1878
BPratsPerez.jpg Belisario Prats Pérez August 5, 1878 April 17, 1879
AVarasDLB.jpg Antonio Varas de la Barra April 17, 1879 August 20, 1879
DomingoSantaMariaG.jpg Domingo Santa María González August 20, 1879 June 16, 1880
Manuel José Recabarren Rencoret June 16, 1880 September 18, 1881
José Francisco Vergara Donoso September 18, 1881 April 12, 1882 Domingo Santa María
JMBalmacedaF.jpg José Manuel Balmaceda Fernández April 12, 1882 September 3, 1885
RBarrosLuco.jpg Ramón Barros Luco September 3, 1885 October 22, 1885
José Ignacio Vergara Urzúa October 22, 1885 September 18, 1886
ELillo.jpg Eusebio Lillo Robles September 18, 1886 November 30, 1886 José Manuel Balmaceda
CarlosAntunez.jpg Carlos Antúnez González November 30, 1886 June 28, 1887
AZanartuZ.jpg Aníbal Zañartu Zañartu June 28, 1887 April 13, 1888
PLucioCuadra.jpg Pedro Lucio Cuadra Luque April 13, 1888 November 2, 1888
RBarrosLuco.jpg Ramón Barros Luco November 2, 1888 June 11, 1889
Demetrio Lastarria Villarreal June 11, 1889 October 23, 1889
Ramón Donoso Vergara October 23, 1889 November 7, 1889
Mariano Sánchez Fontecilla November 7, 1889 January 21, 1890
Adolfo Ibáñez Gutiérrez January 21, 1890 May 30, 1890
EnriqueSalvadorSanfuentes.jpg Enrique Salvador Sanfuentes Andonaegui May 30, 1890 August 7, 1890
BPratsPerez.jpg Belisario Prats Pérez August 7, 1890 October 15, 1890
Claudio Vicuña Guerrero October 15, 1890 March 12, 1891
Domingo Godoy Cruz March 12, 1891 March 29, 1891
Julio Bañados Espinoza March 29, 1891 August 29, 1891
MJYrarrazavalL.jpg Manuel José Yrarrázaval Larraín September 7, 1891 December 31, 1891 Revolutionary Junta of Iquique
RBarrosLuco.jpg Ramón Barros Luco December 31, 1891 March 14, 1892 Jorge Montt
Eduardo Matte Pérez March 14, 1892 July 9, 1892
RBarrosLuco.jpg Ramón Barros Luco July 9, 1892 April 22, 1893
PMonttM.jpg Pedro Montt Montt April 22, 1893 April 26, 1894
EnriqueMacIver.jpg Enrique Mac-Iver Rodríguez April 26, 1894 December 7, 1894
RBarrosLuco.jpg Ramón Barros Luco December 7, 1894 August 1, 1895
Manuel José Recabarren Rencoret August 1, 1895 November 24, 1895
Osvaldo Rengifo Vial November 24, 1895 September 18, 1896
AZanartuZ.jpg Aníbal Zañartu Zañartu September 18, 1896 November 26, 1896 Federico Errázuriz Echaurren
CarlosAntunez.jpg Carlos Antúnez González November 26, 1896 June 26, 1897
Augusto Orrego Luco June 26, 1897 August 25, 1897
Antonio Valdés Cuevas August 25, 1897 April 14, 1898
CWalkerMartínez.jpg Carlos Walker Martínez April 14, 1898 June 27, 1899
Raimundo Silva Cruz June 27, 1899 September 2, 1899
RSotomayorGaete.jpg Rafael Sotomayor Gaete September 2, 1899 November 27, 1899
EFernandezAlbano.jpg Elías Fernández Albano November 27, 1899 November 3, 1900
Mariano Sánchez Fontecilla November 3, 1900 December 27, 1900
Juan Antonio Orrego December 27, 1900 March 14, 1901
Domingo Amunátegui Rivera March 14, 1901 May 1, 1901
AZanartuZ.jpg Aníbal Zañartu Zañartu March 14, 1901 July 12, 1901
LMartinianoRodriguezH.jpg Luis Martiniano Rodríguez Herrera July 12, 1901 September 18, 1901 Interim Aníbal Zañartu
RBarrosLuco.jpg Ramón Barros Luco September 18, 1901 November 19, 1901 Germán Riesco
IsmaelTocornalTocornal.jpg Ismael Tocornal Tocornal November 19, 1901 May 6, 1902
RBarrosLuco.jpg Ramón Barros Luco May 6, 1902 November 20, 1902
EFernandezAlbano.jpg Elías Fernández Albano November 20, 1902 April 4, 1903
RBarrosLuco.jpg Ramón Barros Luco April 4, 1903 June 10, 1903
RSotomayorGaete.jpg Rafael Sotomayor Gaete June 10, 1903 September 1, 1903
Ricardo Matte Pérez September 1, 1903 October 23, 1903
ArturoBesaNavarro.jpg Arturo Besa Navarro October 23, 1903 January 10, 1904
RVErrazurizU.jpg Rafael Valentín Errázuriz Urmeneta January 10, 1904 March 12, 1904
Manuel Egidio Ballesteros March 12, 1904 April 12, 1904
RSotomayorGaete.jpg Rafael Sotomayor Gaete April 12, 1904 October 30, 1904
EmilioBelloCodesido.jpg Emilio Bello Codesido October 30, 1904 March 18, 1905
JRBalmaceda.jpg José Rafael Balmaceda Fernández March 18, 1905 August 1, 1905
Juan Antonio Orrego August 1, 1905 October 21, 1905
Miguel Cruchaga Tocornal October 21, 1905 March 19, 1906
José Ramón Gutiérrez Martínez March 19, 1906 May 7, 1906
Manuel Salinas González May 7, 1906 September 18, 1906
JavierAngelFigueroa.jpg Javier Angel Figueroa Larraín September 18, 1906 October 29, 1906 Pedro Montt
Vicente Santa Cruz Vargas October 29, 1906 June 12, 1907
Luis Antonio Vergara Ruiz June 12, 1907 October 25, 1907
RSotomayorGaete.jpg Rafael Sotomayor Gaete October 25, 1907 August 29, 1908
JavierAngelFigueroa.jpg Javier Angel Figueroa Larraín August 29, 1908 January 22, 1909
EduardoCharmeFernandez.jpg Eduardo Charme Fernández January 22, 1909 June 15, 1909
Enrique Rodríguez Carmona June 15, 1909 September 15, 1909
IsmaelTocornalTocornal.jpg Ismael Tocornal Tocornal September 15, 1909 June 25, 1910
AEdwardsMacClure.jpg Agustín Edwards Mac Clure June 25, 1910 July 8, 1910
EFernandezAlbano.jpg Elías Fernández Albano July 8, 1910 August 9, 1910
Luis Izquierdo Fredes August 9, 1910 November 10, 1910 Interim Elías Fernández
Enrique Rodríguez Carmona November 10, 1910 December 23, 1910 Emiliano Figueroa
Maximiliano Ibáñez Ibáñez December 23, 1910 January 11, 1911 Ramón Barros Luco
Rafael Orrego González January 11, 1911 August 15, 1911
José Ramón Gutiérrez Martínez August 15, 1911 January 6, 1912
Abraham Ovalle Ovalle January 6, 1912 January 23, 1912
IsmaelTocornalTocornal.jpg Ismael Tocornal Tocornal January 23, 1912 May 29, 1912
Guillermo Rivera Cotapos May 29, 1912 August 8, 1912
GBarrosJ.jpg Guillermo Barros Jara August 8, 1912 June 15, 1913
ManuelRivasVicuna.jpg Manuel Rivas Vicuña June 15, 1913 November 16, 1913
Rafael Orrego González November 16, 1913 September 6, 1914
EduardoCharmeFernandez.jpg Eduardo Charme Fernández September 6, 1914 September 15, 1914
GBarrosJ.jpg Guillermo Barros Jara September 15, 1914 December 15, 1914
Pedro Nicolás Montenegro December 15, 1914 March 29, 1915
Enrique Rodríguez Carmona March 29, 1915 June 7, 1915
Enrique Villegas Echiburú June 7, 1915 December 15, 1915
GBarrosJ.jpg Guillermo Barros Jara December 15, 1915 December 23, 1915
JEliasBalmacedaF.jpg José Elías Balmaceda Fernández December 23, 1915 January 8, 1916 Juan Luis Sanfuentes
Maximiliano Ibáñez Ibáñez January 8, 1916 July 1, 1916
Luis Izquierdo Fredes July 1, 1916 November 20, 1916
EnriqueZañartuPrieto.jpg Enrique Zañartu Prieto November 20, 1916 July 14, 1917
IsmaelTocornalTocornal.jpg Ismael Tocornal Tocornal July 14, 1917 October 13, 1917
EYanezPonce.jpg Eliodoro Yáñez Ponce de León October 13, 1917 January 18, 1918
Domingo Amunátegui Solar January 18, 1918 April 22, 1918
AAlessandriP.jpg Arturo Alessandri Palma April 22, 1918 September 6, 1918
Pedro García de la Huerta Izquierdo September 6, 1918 November 28, 1918
Armando Quezada Acharán November 28, 1918 May 3, 1919
Anselmo Hevia Riquelme May 3, 1919 July 9, 1919
Luis Serrano Arrieta July 9, 1919 September 23, 1919
EBermudezPaz.jpg Enrique Bermúdez de la Paz September 23, 1919 November 8, 1919
José Florencio Valdés Cuevas November 8, 1919 March 29, 1920
Pedro Nicolás Montenegro March 29, 1920 June 16, 1920
FedericoPugaBorne.jpg Federico Puga Borne June 16, 1920 July 1, 1920
Pedro García de la Huerta Izquierdo July 1, 1920 December 23, 1920
Pedro Aguirre Cerda December 23, 1920 August 16, 1921 Arturo Alessandri
Héctor Arancibia Lazo August 16, 1921 November 3, 1921
IsmaelTocornalTocornal.jpg Ismael Tocornal Tocornal November 3, 1921 March 22, 1922
JMatteGormaz.jpg Jorge Matte Gormaz March 22, 1922 April 1, 1922
ArmandoJaramillo.jpg Armando Jaramillo Valderrama April 1, 1922 August 29, 1922
AntonioHuneeusGana.jpg Antonio Huneeus Gana August 29, 1922 October 16, 1922
Luis Izquierdo Fredes October 16, 1922 December 21, 1922
ManuelRivasVicuna.jpg Manuel Rivas Vicuña December 21, 1922 January 12, 1923
Francisco Garcés Gana January 12, 1923 March 16, 1923
CornelioSaavedraMontt.jpg Cornelio Saavedra Montt March 16, 1923 June 15, 1923
Carlos Ruiz Bahamonde June 15, 1923 July 2, 1923
Domingo Amunátegui Solar July 2, 1923 January 4, 1924
Pedro Aguirre Cerda January 4, 1924 February 1, 1924
José Maza Fernández February 1, 1924 March 25, 1924
CornelioSaavedraMontt.jpg Cornelio Saavedra Montt March 25, 1924 July 22, 1924
Pedro Aguirre Cerda July 22, 1924 September 5, 1924
Altamirano.jpg Luis Altamirano Talavera September 5, 1924 September 12, 1924
Alcibíades Roldán Alvarez September 12, 1924 December 19, 1924 September Junta
Rafael Luis Barahona San Martín December 19, 1924 January 23, 1925
ArmandoJaramillo.jpg Armando Jaramillo Valderrama January 29, 1925 August 27, 1925 January Junta
Francisco Mardones August 27, 1925 October 1, 1925 Arturo Alessandri
Luis Barros Borgoño October 1, 1925 October 2, 1925
Manuel Véliz October 2, 1925 December 23, 1925 Luis Barros Borgoño
Maximiliano Ibáñez Ibáñez December 23, 1925 November 20, 1926 Emiliano Figueroa
ManuelRivasVicuna.jpg Manuel Rivas Vicuña November 20, 1926 February 22, 1927
CarlosIbanezDC.jpg Carlos Ibáñez del Campo February 22, 1927 April 8, 1927
Carlos Frödden Lorenzen April 8, 1927 May 23, 1927 Carlos Ibáñez del Campo
Enrique Balmaceda Toro May 23, 1927 June 5, 1928
Guillermo Edwards Matte June 5, 1928 September 3, 1929
EBermudezPaz.jpg Enrique Bermúdez de la Paz September 3, 1929 February 26, 1930
David Hermosilla February 26, 1930 August 5, 1930
Carlos Frödden Lorenzen August 5, 1930 July 13, 1931
JEMonteroR.jpg Juan Esteban Montero Rodríguez July 13, 1931 July 22, 1931 Minister of Home Affairs and Social Welfare
Miguel Letelier Espínola July 22, 1931 July 23, 1931 Minister of Home Affairs and Public Education
Carlos Frödden Lorenzen July 23, 1931 July 26, 1931
JEMonteroR.jpg Juan Esteban Montero Rodríguez July 26, 1931 July 27, 1931 Pedro Opazo
Luis Gutiérrez Allende July 27, 1931 August 7, 1931 Minister of Home Affairs and Justice Juan Esteban Montero
Manuel Trucco Franzani August 7, 1931 August 20, 1931
Horacio Hevia Labbé August 20, 1931 September 3, 1931 Manuel Trucco
Marcial Mora Miranda September 3, 1931 April 7, 1932
Víctor Robles Valenzuela April 7, 1932 June 4, 1932 Juan Esteban Montero
APugaOsorio.jpg Arturo Puga Osorio June 4, 1932 June 6, 1932 Socialist Junta
Rolando Merino Reyes June 6, 1932 June 13, 1932
Arturo Ruiz Maffei June 13, 1932 June 17, 1932
Juan Antonio Ríos Morales June 17, 1932 July 13, 1932
Eliseo Peña Villalón July 13, 1932 August 1, 1932 Carlos Dávila
Joaquín Fernández y Fernández August 1, 1932 September 12, 1932
BBlanche.jpg Bartolomé Blanche Espejo September 12, 1932 September 13, 1932
Ernesto Barros Jarpa September 14, 1932 October 2, 1932 Bartolomé Blanche
JavierAngelFigueroa.jpg Javier Angel Figueroa Larraín October 3, 1932 December 24, 1932 Abraham Oyanedel
Horacio Hevia Labbé December 24, 1932 May 7, 1933 Minister of Home Affairs and Public Health Arturo Alessandri
Alfredo Piwonka Jilabert May 7, 1933 April 19, 1934 Minister of Home Affairs and Public Health
Luis Salas Romo April 19, 1934 August 26, 1935 Minister of Home Affairs and Public Health
Luis Cabrera Negrete August 26, 1935 September 12, 1936
Matías Silva Sepúlveda September 12, 1936 May 18, 1938
Luis Salas Romo May 18, 1938 December 24, 1938
PedroAlfonsoBarrios.jpg Pedro Alfonso Barrios December 24, 1938 December 26, 1939 Pedro Aguirre Cerda
Guillermo Labarca Hubertson December 26, 1939 February 8, 1940
Humberto Alvarez Suárez February 8, 1940 July 30, 1940
Guillermo Labarca Hubertson July 30, 1940 December 23, 1940
Arturo Olavarría Bravo December 23, 1940 September 16, 1941
Carlos Valdovinos Valdovinos September 16, 1941 October 6, 1941
Leonardo Guzmán Cortés October 6, 1941 November 10, 1941
Jerónimo Méndez Arancibia November 10, 1941 November 10, 1941
Leonardo Guzmán Cortés November 10, 1941 November 21, 1941 Interim Jerónimo Méndez
Alfredo Rosende Verdugo November 21, 1941 April 2, 1942
Raúl Morales Beltramí April 2, 1942 April 2, 1942 Juan Antonio Ríos

Additional information[edit]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • República de Chile (1942). "VI. Poder Ejecutivo - Nómina de Gobernantes, Presidentes y Ministros desde la Independencia.". Manual del Senado. 1810-1942 (in Spanish). Santiago de Chile: Imprenta Universitaria.  (Spanish)
  • Valencia Avaria, Luis (1986). Anales de la República: textos constitucionales de Chile y registro de los ciudadanos que han integrado los poderes ejecutivo y legislativo desde 1810 (in Spanish) (2ª edición ed.). Santiago de Chile: Editorial Andrés Bello.  (Spanish)

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