José Dapena Thompson
José Dapena Thompson
Mayor Jose G. Dapena Thompson
|130th Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico|
22 February 1984 – 1988
|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.
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 "named an unindicted co-conspirator" of embezzlement of federal funds from HUD. As a result, he resigned as mayor. Ivan Ayala Cadiz, former assistant 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 Ciudad Senorial. Iris Antongiorgi and Gladys E. Tormes Gonzalez, supervisor, Ponce Historical Archive, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- Misla Indictment Another Black Eye For Statehooders. Robert Becker. Puerto Rico Herald. 2 November 2001. Accessed 18 July 2019.
- El Retorno de Josito Dapena. El Nuevo Dia. 15 April 1994. (In Spanish)[permanent dead link] Retrieved 3 April 2010.
- Niega Cadiz una Pobre Fiscalización en Ponce. El Nuevo Dia. 1 March 1994. (In Spanish.)[permanent dead link] Retrieved 3 May 2010.
- "Refugio de oro en la Legislatura". El Nuevo Día. 4 February 2010.
- Fay Fowlie de Flores. Ponce, Perla del Sur: Una Bibliográfica Anotada. Second Edition. 1997. Ponce, Puerto Rico: Universidad de Puerto Rico en Ponce. p. 124. Item 624. LCCN 92-75480
- Mariano Vidal Armstrong. Quien es quien en Ponce y leyendas de antaño. Ponce, Puerto Rico: Imprenta Fortuño. 1986. (Colegio Universitario Tecnológico de Ponce, CUTPO; Recinto Universitario de Mayaguez, RUM)
- Fay Fowlie de Flores. Ponce, Perla del Sur: Una Bibliografía Anotada. Segunda Edición. 1997. Ponce, Puerto Rico: Universidad de Puerto Rico en Ponce. p. 4. Item 22. LCCN 92-75480
- "Ponce." El Reportero. 9 de mayo de 1985. (Supplement) pp. S1-S52. Interview with Jose Joaquín Dapena Thompson.
José G. Tormos Vega
| Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico
Iván Ayala Cádiz