Taipei gov’t workers leaving in droves: ex-mayor
Former Taipei Mayor Hau Lungbin ( ) on Thursday said that the Taipei City Government has been suffering from an exodus of employees since the incumbent mayor took office.
Since last December when Ko Wen-je ( ) took over as mayor, 902 Taipei City workers have either requested early retirement, sought reassignment, or have quit, Hau wrote on his Facebook page, saying that he was greatly concerned about the situation.
Addressing similar criticisms last month, however, Ko said that 486 employees had quit between January and March this year compared with 534 last year.
Ko’s six months in office have been characterized by investigations into suspected irregularities in the award of contracts for five build-operate-transfer (BOT) projects during the tenures of two former mayors, Hau and President Ma Ying-jeou.
Ko has been criticized in some quarters are being too fixated on digging up irregularities and neglecting to work toward progress and solutions.
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hong-wei ( ) of the ruling Kuomintang said the city government is losing employees at a growing pace, as 486 have quit in the past three months and the total for the past six months is 902.
Some of the notable employees who have fled the city government include Xinyi District ( ) Police Chief Lee Te-wei ( ) and his wife, and Taipei Fire Department chief secretary Yang Ping-fen (
), who had filed in January for early retirement.
Lee and Yang on Wednesday took up high-ranking positions with Hon Hai Technology Group, whose Syntrend ( ) BOT project is embroiled in a dispute with the Taipei City Government. More recently, Ho Chin-liang (
), who was appointed by Ko as chief executive of the controversial Taipei Dome BOT project, resigned last Friday after less than two months on the job. Ho had served as Taipei City Department of Sports Commissioner under Hau, with responsibility for imple- menting the city’s plans to host the 2017 Summer Universiade at the Taipei Dome.
Ho said he quit because he thinks Ko is consumed with furthering his own political agenda. Kao Wenting ( ), recent director of the Taipei Construction Management Office, also resigned in April.
Since coming to office, Ko has made frequent news headlines, based on reports about his abrasive communication style, off-kilter comments and tendency to unreasonably push his subordinates. He has promised to host a series of lunch meetings with the city government’s various department heads over the next three months to work on improving communication.