Taipei, June 29 (CNA) The Executive Yuan on Wednesday appointed Kaohsiung Police Chief Huang Ming-chao (黃明昭) as head of the National Police Agency (NPA), succeeding Chen Ja-chin (陳家欽) who requested early retirement.
A handover ceremony is to take place on Thursday, the Interior Ministry announced in a press release on Wednesday.
Huang, 60, has extensive law enforcement experience, having served in positions ranging from detective to criminal investigator in several cities and counties, and served as police chief in Yunlin, Keelung and Kaohsiung, according to the communicated.
Asked by local media to comment on Wednesday, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), who appointed Huang as the city’s police chief in January last year, spoke highly of him and his all police officers in Kaohsiung for their hard work in suppressing criminals.
Huang is also considered a trusted confidant of Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), according to local media.
He was transferred by Su in 2019 from Keelung Police Chief to serve as Acting Commissioner of the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) under the NIA before being promoted to head of the CIB, widely seen as a promotion. accelerated.
The news that Chen, 64, has applied for early retirement ahead of his scheduled retirement in July 2023, was confirmed by Cabinet last week.
Chen’s decision was based in part on his desire to leave major personnel decisions to his successor, according to Cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng (羅秉成).
He also wanted to give his successor time to prepare for security related to the January 2024 presidential election, rather than handing over the reins just six months before it takes place, Lo said.