MINSK, 18 June (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko approved the appointment of new chiefs of local administrations on 18 June, BelTA has learned.
“I cannot say that we are going through difficult times now. We have always faced challenges, especially you, because you are always on the frontline. You will have to communicate directly with the public,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
Speaking about personnel decisions on the ground, the president said: “Do not rush. Always give people a chance. When you arrive at your new workplace, set a deadline, give everyone who wants to work a chance. Don't shoot from the hip, yet personnel decisions should not take too long: let people show themselves before the end of the year, and after that you can take decisions.”
The head of state warned the newly appointed officials against hiring exclusively those people who they worked with in previous positions. “You shouldn't rely only on personal loyalty and friendship. After all, you need professionals and people devoted to our state. The last year showed us who is who and how to build our personnel policy,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.
The economy of the districts that will welcome new administration chiefs is mostly dominated by agriculture. “You need to keep it in focus, and pay utmost attention to discipline. We have learned to sow, harvest, produce, but poor discipline sometimes ruins everything,” the head of state said.
First Deputy Governor of Brest Oblast Valery Rebkovets has been appointed the mayor of Pinsk. His role as the first deputy governor will be performed by Chairman of the Kamenets District Executive Committee Valentin Zaichuk.
“Pinsk is a very important city for us. We are closely watching how it is doing. Therefore, I count on you very much,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said addressing the new mayor of Pinsk. “The problems the city faced have not gone away. You need to identify and come to grips with the remaining 25-20% of problems,” the president added.
Another official of the Brest Oblast Executive Committee, chairman of the agriculture and food committee, Sergei Karpenko has been appointed Chairman of the Baranovichi District Executive Committee.
The head of the Pervomaisky District Administration of Vitebsk Nikolai Orlov has received a promotion: the president approved his appointment as Vitebsk Mayor. Andrei Sanko, director of the Gudevichi agricultural enterprise has been appointed Chairman of the Mosty District Executive Committee. Chairman of the Kirovsk District Executive Committee Mikhail Guly will lead the Gorky District Executive Committee. In his previous role he was replaced by Chair of the Kirovsk District Council of Deputies Galina Slabodnikova.
The Minsk administration was also refreshed. Roman Melnik will be in charge of the Leninsky District Administration of Minsk. In the past, he was chief of the Policing and Crime Prevention Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for a long time. “There will be a lot of work for you in the Leninsky District Administration, no less than in the police. We need to see how you will cope with civil service. I have been saying for a long time that there are many people who retire too early. Look, they can be useful for us in other roles. Therefore, we need to give it a try. People should not think that Lukashenko's new appointments are dominated by law enforcement. There are ten people here, and only one of them is from law enforcement,” he said.