Deputy Minister of the Interior Hsiao Chia-chi (蕭家淇) has been selected to assume the new post of Cabinet deputy secretary-general, the Executive Yuan announced yesterday, marking the third personnel adjustment at the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) in a month.
“Deputy Minister of the Interior Hsiao Chia-chi, who is an experienced public servant familiar with affairs concerning the ministry and the public, will take the new role of deputy secretary-general of the Executive Yuan,” it said in a press statement said. “He will serve as the premier’s right-hand man.”
The announcement was the third reshuffle to take place at the ministry in the past four weeks, following the removals of former Department of Household Registration director Hsieh Ai-ling (謝愛齡) and former minister of the interior Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源) last month.
Yet while Hsieh and Lee were removed from their original positions, Hsiao has been promoted to take the new Cabinet position.
Asked yesterday whether Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) had called to ask him to take the new post, Hsiao said that it would be inappropriate for him to answer that question.
“I can only say that I have been mentally prepared to take the role for some time,” he said.
When asked if serving as the Cabinet’s deputy secretary-general would help prepare him to run in the 2018 Greater Taichung mayoral election, Hsiao said he wants to focus on his current duties, but “would not rule out the possibility of running in any election.”
“My new job as Cabinet deputy secretary-general be to help connect the Cabinet with local governments and legislators. It is a new challenge, but I will do the best I can and I am grateful for the promotion,” he said.