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Three New Commissioners Take Helm at City Agencies

Mayor Ko Wen-je presided over the swearing-in ceremony for the new commissioners of finance, transportation, and rapid transit systems before the City Executive Meeting on July 12.

During his address, the mayor expressed his gratitude to the three new commissioners for accepting the responsibilities during difficult times.

The mayor remarked that the new Transportation Commissioner Chang Jer-yang has worked many years at city hall and is very familiar with Taipei’s traffic. Ko hopes that under Chang’s leadership, the agency will implement strategies on the principles of digitization, green energy, and sharing platform. With clear objectives, he hopes that the plan for implementation will be logical, such as ensuring a convenient transportation network before discussing the issue of motorcycle use.

The new Commissioner of Finance Chen Chih-ming was the former deputy commissioner of his department. In addition to working several years at city hall, Chen also served positions at the central government. Ko expressed confidence in Chen’s capabilities, but he advised the agency to place greater emphasis on the City’s comprehensive financial planning, such as finding a balance between ideal and reality for land tax and property tax.

The new head of the Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS) Chang Tzer-hsiung also has years of experience working at city hall and expertise in rapid transit systems constructions. With the results of arbitration for the MeHAS project announced earlier, Ko expressed his aspirations for a new era for DORTS under the leadership of a new leader. He described the quality of construction projects handled by the agency as the best in Asia and called upon the staff to continue building upon past foundations.

As for the incoming Commissioner of Sports, the mayor noted that the inauguration ceremony will be postponed until next week due to delays in administrative process.