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The Jyväskylä City Board has approved the updated city strategy with a few adjustments to the text and to the indicators. Additionally, a decision in principle was made on the city manager model. Both matters will come under the City Council on February 21, 2022.
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Approval of the Jyväskylä City Strategy

The City Board proposes that the City Council approve the updated Jyväskylä City Strategy for the years 2022–2025. In the draft strategy to be submitted to the City Council, Jyväskylä expresses its wish to be a growing and internationally recognised city of education and expertise in the future as stated in its vision. A change to the mission was unanimously approved according to which we will promote municipal residents’ wellbeing, participation, and communality.

Humanity, courage, openness, responsibility, and safety are identified in the draft strategy as the guiding values of city activities.

The growing and internationally recognised city of education and expertise is aimed at with four spearheads in the draft strategy. Resource wisdom and the capital of sports as well as promoting growth-oriented business policy are familiar themes from the previous city strategy. The city of education and culture theme is proposed to the City Council as a new spearhead to highlight the significance of internationally appreciated education and unique culture for the future of Jyväskylä. 

The four spearheads of the strategy cover numerous measures to which the City Board made verbal adjustments, indicator changes, and content proposals in the course of its meeting. 

The City Board proposes to the City Council that Jyväskylä continue with the city manager model

The City Board decided to propose to the City Council to continue developing the management system of Jyväskylä on the basis of the city manager model. 

The eight-year tenure of the current mayor Timo Koivisto comes to an end in April 2023. In order to be able to launch a new recruiting process in the autumn of 2022, a decision in principle will now be made as to whether to seek for a city manager for Jyväskylä from now on or to introduce the so-called mayor model there. 

According to the Local Government Act, a municipality may be managed in Finland by a chief executive or, subject to a council decision, by a mayor too. The difference between the models resides in whether operative management is separated from political leadership or not. In the traditional Finnish model, operative management is the task of a chief executive, a civil servant designated on a fixed-term or permanent basis. S/he is a professional manager qualified to be in charge of the operative and strategic management of an organization.
In the mayor model, a city is run by a mayor who is elected on political grounds by the city council and acts under the city board. The mayor is a full-time elected official who, according to the Local Government Act, may be elected for no more than the term of the local council. Among the big cities, the mayor model is in use in Helsinki, in Tampere, and in Turku. 

If the City Council decides that Jyväskylä continues to adhere to the city manager model, a proposition for the rest of the organization and for the management model to be introduced in the beginning of 2023 will be submitted in April. The actual decisions on organizing city activities will be made in the autumn of 2022 in order to have clear models of action in the beginning of 2023 when the arrangement of social, healthcare, and rescue services is moved from the city to the local wellbeing services county.

More information
- Chair of the City Board, Jaakko Selin tel. +358 400 778 779
- 1st Vice chair of the City Board Meri Lumela, tel. +358 50 554 7167
- 2nd Vice Chair Jari Colliander, tel. +358 40 740 1850
- Mayor of City of Jyväskylä Timo Koivisto, tel. +358 14 266 1501