Chen Chu handpicks close aides to join administrative team

KEY APPOINTMENTS: The Kaohsiung mayor-elect recruited leading campaign supporters, such as her spokesman, to join her in government

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Sun, Dec 24, 2006 - Page 3

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Kaohsiung mayor-elect Chen Chu (陳菊) yesterday unveiled a list of her administrative team, many of whom were recruited from her campaign headquarters and DPP affiliates to head key government posts.

Chen's campaign headquarters spokesman Hsiao Yu-cheng (蕭裕正) and director Hong Chih-kun (洪智坤) will serve as director-general of the Department of Information and the mayor's chief secretary, respectively.

Hsu Chuan-sheng (許傳盛), deputy director of Chen's headquarters, will be in charge of the city's Bureau of Social Affairs, and Chen Wen-cheng (陳文成), deputy director of the Kaohsiung Election Commission, will be the director-general of the Civil Affairs Bureau.

Chao Wen-nan (趙文男), a former director of the DPP's Kaohsiung branch, will serve as director of the city's Military Service Office.

DPP Kaohsiung City councilor candidate Eteng Ingay will head the city's Commission on Indigenous Affairs.

Chen Chu has also recruited the former vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Chiu Tai-san (邱太三), as one of her deputy mayors, joining incumbent Deputy Mayor Cheng Wen-lung (鄭文隆).

Chiu, who served as a prosecutor and legislator before becoming MAC vice chairman in 2004, is well-versed in legal and financial affairs.

DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲), who once served as director-general of the city's Information Department, said that Chiu has good academic and administrative achievements, but needs to devote himself more to understanding Kaohsiung more after he becomes the deputy mayor, she said.