Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday unveiled his new administration line-up, with seven new officials joining the 37-member team and former Taipei deputy mayor Lee Yong-ping (李永萍) returning to his administration as head of the Taipei Culture Foundation.
Lee, one of Hau’s top aides, stepped down in September amid the controversy over the Xinsheng Overpass reconstruction project, in which the city was overcharged for construction materials. She is also a former head of the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Responding to speculation that former Taipei Easycard Corp chairman Sean Lien (連勝文) would take over as deputy mayor, Hau said he never discussed the position with Lien, who was shot in an election campaign event last month.
“I did not talk to Mr Lien. What he needs right now is recovery,” Hau told a press conference at Taipei City Hall.
Earlier this week, Hau announced the appointment of Ministry of Transportation and Communications Administrative Deputy Minister Chen Wei-jen (陳威仁) as a Taipei deputy mayor. Deputy Mayor Allen Chiu (邱文祥) will stay in his post.
Taiwan Construction Research Institute chairman Lee Hsien-heng (李咸亨), who has helped the city government evaluate the safety and overall construction of the Maokong Gondola system and the Taipei International Flora Expo, will take over as head of the Public Works Department.
Some department officials cast doubt on Lee Hsien-heng’s appointment, alleging that he obtained the job because of his endorsement of municipal projects as an academic without administrative experience.
Calling the appointment “appropriate,” Hau said he expected the new department head to ensure the quality of major municipal construction projects in the next four years.
He also dismissed concerns about the lack of “impressive” faces in his new administration — in contrast with the team put together by New Taipei City Mayor-elect Eric Chu (朱立倫) — and said all the officials were picked for their administrative experience and expertise in their fields.