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Administration and decision-making

The City Council

The City Council exercises the highest decision-making power in the City of Kokkola. The Council is responsible for the city’s activities and finances. It decides on the city’s strategic policies. The City Council must determine the financial principles and the principles for funding as well as approve the annual budget.

The City Board

The City Board is responsible for the administration and financial management of the city, and promotes the economic efficiency of activities and common interests in the city. The City Board manages the City Group and it is responsible for the preparation and execution of local council decisions and for oversight of their legality. The City Board manages the activities in committees and departments as well as monitors and oversees the extent to which the set targets have been achieved.

The Mayor

The Mayor is responsible for the strategic management of the City Group. The Mayor manages, supervises and develops the city’s administration and economy. The Mayor supervises the preparatory work on matters considered by the City Board and acts as the presenting officer for the City Board. The Mayor of Kokkola is Stina Mattila.

City Executive Board

Mayor Stina Mattila (chairman)
Administrative Director Ben Weizmann
Finance Director Jari Saarinen
Development Director Jonne Sandberg
Director of Human Resources Eija Pienimäki
Director of Education Peter Johnson
Technical Director Nina Kujala


Development Manager Jussi Järvenpää acts as secretary for the municipal management group.

City organization

The city organization of Kokkola consists of corporate administration and corporate services, service areas and public utilities.

The corporate administration is responsible for the central administration, economy and it-services, human resources, business and city development.

The service areas are technical services, educational and cultural services, social and health services, the regional rescue department and the environmental health services.

The city owns two independent public utilities, Kokkolan Vesi (water management) and Työplus (occupational health).

The city’s commercial enterprises include 38 subsidiary companies, 17 associated companies and 7 federations of municipalities.

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