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CPCB Chief accused of employing bossing methods

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUChief of the Corruption Preventions and Combating Bureau Yaroslav Strenchenok had evaluated the quality of work of his deputy – Juta Strike – as low. Two other officials had received the same amount of criticism also.

All three officials, who have been working at CPCB for a long time, deny the criticism and claim there are signs of bossing and mobbing in the management strategy of the bureau.

Strenchenok had performed an evaluation of Strike and manager of the Legal and Human Resource Management department lead Ilze Draveniece. The head of the Corruption Prevention Department Diana Kurpniece was evaluated by Strelchenok’s former boss and current CPCB deputy chief Ilze Pirce, who was appointed to this point last year personally by Strelchenok.

Strike and Kurpniece were both evaluated with D level. Draviniece, on the other hand, was given an E grade.

According to information from LETA, Strike had compiled all of her work on one page of paper, while the Chief of CPCB had written detailed 14 pages, describing specific situations when Strike had acted wrongly.

The evaluation mentions, for example, that Strike had not provided sufficient circulation of documents of all CPCB workers in order to ensure proper function of the institution. The adding of documents of 36 workers of the bureau was not secured, as was the adding of 16 applications of workers going on working visits.

Strenchenok has concluded that Strike is unable to avoid dependence on personal antipathy, complete her duties in accordance with regulations, as well as avoid personal criticism of the work of her boss in her public statements. According to the head of the bureau, this kind of behaviour undermines the image and pride of the head of the bureau before colleagues.

In her reply to Strelchenok’s evaluation of her work, Strike laconically noted that she does not agree with his evaluation, and believes that his assertions are false, baseless, emotionally fueled and unprofessional.

The manager of the Corruption Prevention department was evaluated by Ilze Jurca – deputy chief of CPCB. She believes that Diana Kurpniece had failed to complete a number of direct orders. Kurpniece’s evaluation spans 73 pages.

In her explanations for her failures, she mentions that she was set up as a scapegoat. On top of that, she noted that the alleged failures did not, in fact, affect the work of the agency in any way.

Kurpniece had also mentioned that Strelchenok and Jurca were both repeatedly informed about the lack of human resources in the Corruption Prevention Department. With that, Kurpniece was forced to ask the available personnel to take on additional responsibilities and often work extra hours at the office. The manager of the Corruption Prevention Department believes that Jurca’s statements are subjective and emotional. “Jurca’s performed evaluation features signs of mobbing”, – she stated in her response.

The evaluation of the three officials has also attracted the attention of the bureau’s officials and employees union. According to LETA’s acquired letter from the union to Strelchenok, the chief of CPCB is called to initiate a repeated evaluation of the aforementioned officials by forming a special assessment commission. The union calls to invite members and representatives from the Prosecutor General’s office, State Treasury, State Administrations of schools and non-governmental anti-corruption organizations. This letter was also sent to Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis.

Given the fact that CPCB is an institution managed by the Cabinet of Ministers, Kurpniece had also sent a letter to Dombrovskis. Like the union, she asks the PM to order Strelchenok to immediately organize a special commission that would include representatives of other institutions. At the same time, given that the actions of the chief of CPCB show signs of systematic actions that violate regulations, administrative order and increase of bureaucratic responsibilities, Kurpniece asks Dombrovskis to order competent institutions to perform an audit at CPCB.


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