No new Revenue Service head found yet

No suitable candidate has been found at the competition for the position of general director at the Latvian State Revenue Service, said Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in a Tuesday interview with Latvian Television.

None of the four candidates shortlisted in the second round of competition had been fit for the next round. A total of 11 had applied in the first round.

Candidates will be sought within the internal structures without a tender, and Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola already has several candidates in mind, said Kučinskis.

"If the new solution is unsuccessful we will look for other options," said Kučinskis. He revealed that several people had been asked to apply to the competition, however they had declined saying the pay was too low and that their families might raise objections.

The competition was announced June 16 and the application deadline was July 4. 

On May 30 this year Ināra Pētersone, who had been serving as the director general of the State Revenue Service since October 2013, tendered her resignation effective as of June 27.

She stepped down saying that the main reason for her resignation was a belief that despite lots of talk and countless policy documents, she felt her effort to actually reform public administration was futile.

The next head of the service will face the task of reviving the reputation of an organization which is sometimes regarded as little more than a politically-influenced racket by many Latvians.

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