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Chief press officer of Poltava City Council resigns after an audit

05.09.2023, 16:37
Photo: Nadia Kucher
Photo: Nadia Kucher

Oleksandr Dedyukhin, chief press officer of the Poltava City Council, resigned from his post by mutual agreement after the completion of the official audit of his work.

Dedyukhin informed the IMI representative in Poltava oblast about this.

According to him, the official audit was completed on September 4.

"I wrote a resignation letter because I had promised to do it. But I did not write my application for dismissal based on the results of the audit. In the conclusion of the commission that conducted the audit, it is said that no violations were found on my part," Dedyukhin said.

However, on September 5, the City Council commission which conducted the investigation into Dedyukhin, recommended at a briefing to announce a competition for the position of chief press officer. The competition has already been announced on the City Council's website.

Dedyukhin is now considering applying for the position. From today, he works in the press office department as a chief expert.

The duties of the head of the Poltava City Council press office will be performed by Maryna Serova, an employee of the department, until the competition is held.

The city authorities promised to provide the Poltava representative with the conclusion of the official audit later.

As IMI reported, Oleksandr Dedyukhin is a Poltava City Council member from the "European Solidarity" party, archpriest of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and prior of the St. Nicholas Church. He was appointed head of the City Council's press office in June of this year.

On June 13, priest deputy Oleksandr Dedyukhin held his first press conference as head of the Poltava City Council press office. He promised to promote the publication of the City Council's draft decisions, including annexes; to resume online livestreams of meetings; to provide technical support for the work of camerapeople in the session hall; to establish communication channels with the heads of departments subordinate to the City Council; to be in touch with journalists 24/7 and to respond to their questions even after working hours (and told the journalists his phone number).

On August 1, Poltava journalists addressed the authorities asking for an official audit of the head of the Poltava City Council press office, Oleksandr Dedyukhin, with regards to violation of the law regulating the work of journalists and ensuring the right to information. The addresses were signed by 11 journalists and chief editors of Poltava media.

On Auguse 7, the acting Mayor and City Council Secretary, Kateryna Yamshchykova, ordered an official audit of the work of Oleksandr Dedyukhin, the head of the City Council's press office, with relation to violation of the law regulating the work of journalists and ensuring the right to information.

Nadia Kucher, Kateryna Dyachuk

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