State Chancellery gets new chief

On April 4 Latvia's government appointed Jānis Citskovskis, Deputy State Secretary at the Interior Ministry, as the new director of the State Chancellery. 

In an note explaining the appointment, the government praised Citkovskis as having "very good strategical planning and team management skills," as well as "the ability to make decisions and take responsibility" and more.

Previously to his work at the Interior Ministry, Citskovskis was deputy head at the Citizenship and Migration Affairs Office. 

He has a master's degree in legal sciences from Faculty of Law at the University of Latvia.

PM Māris Kučinskis told Latvian Radio on April 4 that he expects Citskovskis will cut bureaucracy and make state employees better motivated.

While Citskovskis said he expects to "continue the road to reform in state administration in order to create an effective and modern administration that works for the whole of society with capable and motivated employees."

As reported, in March the previous director Mārtiņš Krieviņš stepped down without explanation.

Later on PM Kučinskis said they had had differing thoughts over the management of the chancery's team.

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