By Adriana Gómez Licón / El Paso Times
Juárez Mayor Héctor Murguía has appointed the former police chief of Tijuana, Col. Julián Leyzaola, as the new head of the police department. Murguía said he made this decision to better fight against crime.
Leyzaola said he is in Juárez to do an "ethical, serious and professional work," a statement said.
The work of Leyzaola in Tijuana has been praised by U.S. Ambassador in Mexico, Carlos Pascual, and by Mexican President Felipe Calderón.
Leyzaola has said he cleaned the local police force in Tijuana from corruption.
The Baja California human-rights commission has issued reports alleging cases of torture and blaming Leyzaola.
Leyzaola left his post in Tijuana in February, after two years of being the police chief. Since his resignation, reports of his appointment in Juárez have been circulating until today when Murguía confirmed Leyzaola is the new police chief.