28th October 2015
board of directors of the municipal water company AMJASA
has endorsed the appointment of Josep Lluis Henarejos
as manager for the next years, despite efforts by Xàbia
Democratica (XD) and the Partido Popular (PP) to
have the appointment annulled, questioning the legality
of the selection process.
appointment was endorsed with six votes in favour, one
against (Rosa María Pérez who represents
the PP on the board) and two abstentions (Paco Catalá
representing Compromís and Tere Bou, who is one
of the four representatives of the PSPV ruling party).
this month Mayor José Chulvi, who is also president
of the municipal water company, had explained that the
selection process for the position of manager of
AMJASA, which had been questioned by XD and PP, had
been overseen by the legal services at the Ayuntamiento
de Xàbia and endorsed at every step by the Secretary
General, the ultimate interpreter of the law. For the
first time, the process to select a new manager had
to be conducted through interview selection according
to a decree issued by Central Government and, being
the first time, the system used by the Provincia de
Alicante to select the manager of the Costa Blanca Tourist
Board was adopted. This system, the mayor said, was
approved unanimously by all members of the board of
directors of AMJASA, including the representative of
the PP. A Technical Evaluation Committee was formed
at the beginning of October 2015, consisting of specialist
technicians rather than politicians, whose job was to
assess the 19 candidates who applied for the role
and propose the best candidate to the board of directors.
In the past, appointments were made without using a
publicly-announced selection process.
board also endorsed the purchase of three new electric
vehicles, continuing its energy efficiency strategy
initiated by the previous legislature which aims at
progressively replacing the entire fleet with vehicles
that need less maintenance, spend less fuel and reduce
noise and emissions which affect the environment.