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The decision-making and leadership of the City of Lahti are governed by the Local Government Act and the administrative regulations. Every municipality must have administrative regulations. Lahti updated its administrative regulations so that the new regulations came into effect from the beginning of 2019.

The City Board

The City Board represents political leadership. Sirkku Hildén (SDP) began as Chair of the Lahti City Board in June 2019. The Vice Chairs of the Lahti City Board are Juha Rostedt (NCP) and Aleksi Mäntylä (VIHR).

The City Board consist of eleven members and it runs the City Administration, prepares and implements the decisions by the City Council, protects the City’s interest and represents the City. The City Board of Lahti has a full-time Chair and half-time Vice Chairs. Thus, they receive a monthly salary for their positions of trust. Promoting the interests of a city the size of Lahti has not been deemed possible alongside other full-time work.

The City Council exercises supreme authority

The 59 members of the City Council exercise supreme authority in the city. The most important duty of the City Council is to decide on the strategy and budget. The President of Lahti City Council is Hannu Rahkonen (NCP). The first Vice President is Mika Kari (SDP), the second Antti Holopainen (VAS) and the third Jarkko Nissinen (SDP). The Presiding Officers of the City Council perform their duties alongside their own work.

Lahti City Council usually meets once a month. The meetings are open to all.

Lahti to adopt mayoral model in 2021

The City Council decided in 2018 that Lahti will adopt the mayoral model in the beginning of the next term of office on 1 June 2021. The post of a Mayor is then automatically changed to the post of Permanent Secretary. The changes to administrative regulations regarding the mayoral model were approved in January 2019. They come into effect in 2021. In addition to the Mayor, two Deputy Mayors are elected.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayors must be City Councillors and enjoy broad confidence. They run the City Board as Colleges and act as the supervisor for the Permanent Secretary. The outward appearance of figureheads changes with the mayoral model.