Mexican Consul Carlos Rodríguez y Quezada in Santa Ana to retire
Quezada is leaving a few months shy of two years from when he first came to Santa Ana, replacing a popular consul who’d held the post for about five years.
The consul was set to retire in January upon turning 65, but got his orders to leave a few months earlier than expected so he could “transmit the proper paperwork with the government for retirement,” Pradillo Cuevas said in Spanish.
It’s unclear when Quezada will return to Mexico. However, Mexican officials have already appointed Alejandra Garcia Williams to fill his post, Pradillo Cuevas said.
Williams currently serves as Deputy Consul General at the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco, according to a Mexican government Web site.
Quezada — a career foreign service officer and former ambassador — was seen as taking a quieter approach than his predecessor, Luis Miguel Ortiz Haro, who was seen as a man of the people.
Quezada, who lives in Long Beach, was seen as a diplomatic upgrade to the local consulate, which has grown in recent years into one of the biggest in the United States.
Instead of just focusing on immigration matters, he tried to promote tourism to Mexico and bring cultural events to the county, including the Bowers Museum.
“It is an opportunity to bring cultural events, so they can know us here a little bit, to know that Mexico is much more than a passport or a matrícula,” he said in an interview with the Register soon after taking his post. “Mexico is much richer, much more alive, much more intense than that.”
By Cindy Carcamo
Orange County Register