Tallinn City Government shake up could see department heads lose jobs

Tallinn City Government building.
Tallinn City Government building. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

A reform plan for structural change introduced by Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart (Center) in June is currently in progress, and could see the heads of several agencies replaced or removed.

Tallinn City Government confirmed the reform plan in June, changing the city's management structure and replacing many current heads of several agencies, starting in 2021.

Based on the Civil Service Act, this reform allows city government to make wide-scale changes in management with potential layoffs looming.

Kõlvart told ERR: "The planned changes will mostly affect the management of city agencies. The updates will merge part of Tallinn City Office's tasks with the planned strategic center, with many of the departments for city development drawn together."

The reforms mainly affect the management and tasks of the Education Department, Sports and Youth Department, Culture Department, the City Treasury and the City Archives.

Kõlvart confirmed that city government will discuss a management plan with department heads in August, meaning some heads could learn of their obsoletion by the end of the month.

ERR reported that layoffs could possibly hit Ain Härm, head of the Culture Department, who has had conflicts with leaders of his department's subdivisions.

Tallinn City Government emphasized that the structural reform plan is not tasked with getting rid of specific people in city government, meaning department heads could be offered positions in other departments.

Kõlvart added: "The plan is to approve the plan in city government in early-September, after which discussions will be taken to Tallinn City Council."


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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