Alan Jara

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Alan Edmundo Jara Urzola
35th Governor of Meta Department
Assumed office
1 January 2012
Preceded by Darío Vásquez Sánchez
29th Governor of Meta Department
In office
1 January 1998 – 31 December 2000
Preceded by Alfonso Ortiz Bautista
Succeeded by Luis Carlos Torres Rueda
25th Governor of Meta Department
In office
1 May 1990 – 9 June 1990
Preceded by Plinio Hernán Castro Castro
Succeeded by Eduardo Fernández
Personal details
Born (1957-07-17) July 17, 1957 (age 59)
Bogotá, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Claudia Rugeles
Children 1
Residence Boston, Massachusetts
Alma mater Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (BESc, MESc)
Profession Civil Engineer
Religion Roman Catholic
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Jara and the second or maternal family name is Urzola.

Alan Edmundo Jara Urzola (born 17 July 1957) is a Colombian civil engineer, and current Governor of the Department of Meta. He was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on July 15, 2001, and remained in captivity until he was released on February 3, 2009.[1]


  1. ^ "Colombia's Farc free ex-governor". BBC. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2010-09-26.