Mayor of Murcia, Spain
As Mayor of Murcia, sworn in on the 13th of June 2015, José Ballesta has been a hands-on Mayor, focused on giving Murcia the impulse it needs. Murcia Smart City and the City Strategy Murcia 2020, which includes mayor renovation feats like the old prison and the Segura riverbed, are flagship projects for the municipal government. But what characterises the new Mayor and his team, are the small interventions, bringing the local government closer to the citizen, eliminating bureaucracy, advancing in e-governance, revitalising the city centre, citizen participation processes, open-days and personal contact with neighbours, etc
PhD and Doctor in medicine and surgery, Professor at Murcia University and Chancellor of this institution from 1998 to 2006. In the Autonomous Community of the Murcia Region, he has been Councillor of the Department for Public Infrastructure and Territorial Planning, Councillor of the Department for Universities, Labour and Research and government spokesman for the Regional Government from June 2011 to 2014.