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Consulate chief heading back to Washington as Yucatán awaits new attaché

Under Beale's watch, a new, modern consulate broke ground at Via Montejo.

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U.S. Consul General Courtney Beale meets with Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal to deliver over US$1 million in equipment and a canine team to help prevent the flow of illicit drugs in Mexico. Photo: Courtesy

After three years, Yucatán’s consul general is ending her term here and will head back to the United States for a new assignment.

Beale replaced David Mico in Mérida’s U.S. consulate in 2018. Her successor has not been named.

Under Beale’s watch, a new, modern consulate broke ground at Via Montejo.

At her final event here on June 17, Beale oversaw the delivery of security equipment, vehicles and a team of nine trained dogs to help control the flow of narcotics, weapons, and cash. Two of the dogs were trained to detect COVID-19 in people. The delivery represented an outlay of US$1.3 million.

The low-key diplomatic attaché previously served as a public affairs officer at the American Embassy in Havana and before that had a role with the National Security Council.

Earlier assignments included stints in Monterrey, Islamabad, Bogotá, and New Delhi.

The St. Louis native is a Princeton University graduate with an International Relations degree from Georgetown University. She speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Urdu.

The first U.S. consul in Mérida was appointed in 1843 in response to Mexico’s decision to open the ports of Sisal and Campeche to free trade.

The consulate’s territory is comprised of Yucatán, Campeche and Quintana Roo.

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