Nerja Museum new appointment halted

Controversy abounded in Nerja last month as a process was already underway to appoint a new curator of the town’s museum in Plaza de España. The museum is managed by the Nerja Caves Foundation and the contract of the outgoing director, archaeologist Juan Bautista Salado, was due to expire on June 30.

Suitably qualified candidates for the position were given until May 28 to submit their applications and on June 6, a commission established by Nerja’s mayor to make the appointment met to draw up a short list.

However, a media report then suggested that the regional authorities were unhappy with the “express contest” to fill the vacancy so soon after the Partido Popular lost a vote of confidence in the lower house of Parliament. The arrival of a new socialist government, it continued, will result in changes at the government’s sub-offices in the province of Málaga, which in turn could affect the membership of the management committee of the Nerja Caves Foundation.

As a result of the report, Nerja’s mayor Rosa Arrabal of the socialist PSOE party suspended a meeting of the appointment commission at which candidates were to be evaluated.

The Nerja Caves Foundation responded with arguments that the appointment procedure started on May 4, a month before the motion of no confidence in Parliament, in addition to which, the role of curator has a “strictly technical profile” which demands archaeological knowledge related to the contents of the Nerja Museum. It added that the accusations were “misplaced” and “an attempt to confuse public opinion.”