Strelcenoks to focus on corruption

  • 2011-11-02
  • From wire reports

EXPERIENCE COUNTS: Candidate Jaroslavs Strelcenoks has already worked with corruption prevention issues.

RIGA - “I have sufficient experience to be able to lead the Corruption Prevention Bureau and direct it towards achieving its intended goals,” Jaroslavs Strelcenoks, who was to be nominated for the vacant post of the bureau’s chief, said on Oct. 31, reports LETA. Strelcenoks emphasized that he has been the office’s employee since its establishment in 2003.
So far, he has dealt with corruption prevention, however, he also knows much about combating corruption. Strelcenoks mentioned that his candidacy is supported by the office’s employees, who previously voted him in as the head of the Corruption Prevention Bureau’s Ethics Commission for a second term.

If Strelcenoks is confirmed as the office’s new chief, his first task will be to improve the bureau’s internal atmosphere, so that its employees could continue to focus on preventing and combating corruption.
Once nominated, the government will have to vote on Strelcenoks, and the final decision will be made by Saeima.
The other remaining candidates for the post were the head of the Department for Supervision of State Officials’ Operations Ilze Jurca and the Investigative Department’s head Lienite Sikore.

Former State Revenue Service Customs head Kalvis Vitolins had also been short-listed for the second round of competition, but he withdrew his application. Altogether, 13 candidates had applied for the vacancy.
The commission for the evaluation of the candidates is headed by the State Chancellery’s Director Elita Dreimane, the commission includes Supreme Court Senator Arturs Freibergs, Prosecutor General’s Office Chief Prosecutor Arvids Kalnins, Constitutional Protection Bureau Director Janis Kazocins, Security Police Chief Janis Reiniks.

The post of the Corruption Prevention Bureau chief has been vacant since Normunds Vilnitis was dismissed earlier this year.