Ulla-Kirsikka Vainio, 47, has been appointed the new mayor of the City of Rovaniemi. She is scheduled to take over the office after the end of this summer. "As the new mayor of the City of Rovaniemi I hope to build up a good teamwork with the residents, the personnel, the city government, and the city council, because I think that is the only way to build a sustainable city and a vibrant environment to do business in,” says Vainio.
Ulla-Kirsikka Vainio, 47, has been appointed the new mayor of the City of Rovaniemi. She is scheduled to take over the office after the end of this summer.
Vainio, born in Rovaniemi, expressed her optimism about ensuring a peaceful life for the dwellers of her hometown by providing quality services that support their wellbeing.
Vainio is currently working as a director of the City of Pori.
In a brief, the newly appointed mayor described her priorities after taking charge from the incumbent mayor, Esko Lotvonen, who has been holding the post since 2012. Lotvonen is set to end his tenure and retire in September.
The city authorities of Rovaniemi selected her for the mayoral post out of a total of 22 aspirants.
The city council, in a circular floated last year, emphasised a number of qualifications including having professional cooperative leadership expertise and in-depth knowledge on municipal economy as well as vitality development, in addition to being a visionary influencer and an inspiring leader for the post.
“As a general wish, I hope that ordinary city-dwellers can live in peace and get good quality services from the city to support their wellbeing. As the new mayor of the City of Rovaniemi I hope to build up a good teamwork with the residents, the personnel, the city government, and the city council, because I think that is the only way to build a sustainable city and a vibrant environment to do business in,” Vainio told.
She said she left Rovaniemi in 1992 to study in Tampere but she was homegrown.
“I visit my parents and my sister’s family several times a year and, therefore, I know the current state of Rovaniemi rather well,” said the newly appointed mayor.
In response to a query about her work strategy, she said, “Of course, the main target now is to stabilize the city’s economy and get it on a decently profitable level in the coming years, which entails new earnings and savings, both.”
“First, I would like to know the city personnel, the city government and the city council. After that I’ll investigate deep into all the options of getting new earnings and increasing savings to stabilize the city’s finance in the next three or four years,” she said, pointing out her priorities as a mayor.
“Rovaniemi is the 17th largest city of Finland and the capital of Lapland. And it also influences the entire Nordic area. Rovaniemi is growing sustainably and has versatile opportunities, when we take into account tourism, new companies, especially growth companies, universities and polytechnics,” said Vainio, who is selected as the mayor for a six-year term.
About her personal and family life, she said she left Rovaniemi for Tampere after completing secondary education to study architecture at a polytechnic and later at the University of Tampere. “I am also a master of Administrative Sciences," she told.
“I have two daughters aged 16 and 15 and a son aged 13, in addition to my spouse. We are all planning to move to Rovaniemi in the beginning of this summer,” she said, adding that her hobbies are jogging, gym, and golf and that she loves performing arts like theatre and all kinds of music.
Vainio is the sixth mayor of Rovaniemi after it upgraded to a city in 1960. The previous mayors were Lauri Kaijalainen, Tuure Salo, Matti Pelttari, Mauri Gardin, and Esko Lotvonen.
City of Rovaniemi - Daily Finland Report