LAS CRUCES – The Mescalero Apache Tribal Council on Wednesday pushed back against an apparent lack of transparency within the tribe’s administration by voting to put President Frederick Chino Sr. and Vice President Sandra Platero on paid administrative leave for the next month.
While Chino and Platero are on leave, council members will conduct an “operational and programmatic review of the Tribe’s activities,” according to a news release issued Wednesday.
No other details about the nature of the review were publicly disclosed. No wrongdoing by Chino and Platero has been alleged, according to the news release.
As to the reason for Chino’s temporary removal from office, long-time Tribal Council member Alfred La Paz, who was designated acting president in Chino’s absence, said, “. . . A number of Council members had concerns about the level of communication that existed between the president and the Council.”