José Dapena Thompson

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José Dapena Thompson
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Mayor Jose G. Dapena Thompson
130th Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico
In office
Preceded byJosé G. Tormos Vega
Succeeded byIván Ayala Cádiz
Personal details
Bornca. 1938
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Alma materUniversity of Salamanca, Spain
ProfessionLawyer, 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.


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.

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]


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]


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]


  1. ^ Alcaldia de Ponce Ciudad Senorial. Iris Antongiorgi and Gladys E. Tormes Gonzalez, supervisor, Ponce Historical Archive, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  2. ^ Puerto Rico Herald
  3. ^ El Retorno de Josito Dapena. El Nuevo Dia. April 15, 1994. (In Spanish)[permanent dead link] Retrieved April 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Niega Cadiz una Pobre Fiscalizacion en Ponce. El Nuevo Dia, March 1, 1994. (In Spanish.)[permanent dead link] 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
Succeeded by
Iván Ayala Cádiz