Luis Carlos Nájera Gutiérrez, the former attorney general of Jalisco, is back in the spotlight after being named state Labor Secretary by Governor Aristoteles Sandoval.
Nájera Gutiérrez worked his way up through the Guadalajara police force, earning a law degree and masters in constitutional law along the way.
As Guadalajara police chief, and later state attorney general, he was known for reaching out to the foreign community. During his tenure as attorney general, which spanned the administrations of two governors from different political parties, Nájera Gutiérrez hosted several public meetings with expats in the Lake Chapala area to discuss public security issues.
Eduardo Almaguer, who replaced Nájera Gutiérrez as attorney general last year, has since resigned to run for mayor of Guadalajara.
Explaining his decision to appoint Nájera Gutiérrez to a role that does not correspond to public security, Sandoval said the former police chief had developed “a close relationship with the business and labor sectors” during his time as the state’s top cop.
The governor also noted that Nájera Gutiérrez had “produced results” while serving as his attorney general and fitted the profile for a job in an agency that needs to “combat corruption.”