• Mayor

    Jukka Puoskari

  • Finance Director

    Pirjo Männistö

  • Director of Administration

    Anette Törmänen-Lindqvist

  • Director of Economic Development

    Miia Himanka

  • Director of Technical Services

    Marko Raiman

  • Development and Coaching Manager

    Juha Isolehto

  • Principal

    Anna-Maria Palo

The mayor is assisted in the management of the city by the city’s management team. The management team develops and coordinates the preparation, development, communication and joint activities that are carried out across the municipal organisation.

The management team prepares matters pertaining to the entire municipality for the decision-making process and is in charge of the implementation of internal communication and joint activities. The management team also promotes development activities in different areas of operations and seeks to direct the organisation’s operations with the well-being of the municipality and its residents as the goal.

The management team primarily convenes twice a month. Financial matters are discussed at meetings on a regular basis. The management team’s meeting agenda also often includes matters pertaining to human resources, municipal services and monitoring and anticipation of the operational environment. In addition to other current matters, the management team’s agenda also includes matters pertaining to industries, well-being, ownership steering, development of the organisation and cooperation with neighbouring municipalities.

The city’s management team is appointed by the mayor. The management team does not hold a position established by legislation. The city also has other management teams, such as the contingency management team and industry-specific management teams.


The mayor leads the municipality’s administration, financial management and other operations under the authority of the City Board. The annual priorities and goals of the work are drawn from the municipal strategy, budget guidelines and the current prospects of the municipal sector. The reform goals set out in the government policy statement also affect the mayor’s work during the planning period.

Jukka Puoskari, Master of Laws trained on the bench, has served as the mayor of Kalajoki since 2000. Jukka was born in March 1962. His previous work history includes working as the city secretary at Lapua and, prior to coming to Kalajoki, the municipal manager of the municipality of Puolanka.

The mayor has been a member of the Ylivieska Sub-regional Board since 2000. He served as the chairperson for two of these years. His other positions of trust include being a member of the board of directors of the Educational Municipal Federation of the Kalajokilaakso Region and the Transport Committee of the Oulu Chamber of Commerce.

In his free time, Jukka enjoys various forms of physical activities: skiing and rinkball in the winter and football and roller skating in the summer. Travelling and various cultural events are also close to the mayor’s heart.

The operations of the City of Kalajoki are divided into five services:

  • administrative services,
  • development services,
  • early childhood education and care, and basic education services,
  • Kalajoki Campus, general upper secondary school and Kalajoki Academy
  • technical services.

These services are divided into different service areas and the service areas further into service units, if necessary.

The companies and foundations included in the City Group are used to supplement the city’s service production and manage the support operations needed by the City Group.

The City Group is an ownership and administrative structure with the purpose of ensuring the integration and cooperation of its units to benefit the city residents and the whole region. The City Group is managed and developed as an entity and financial unit comprised of the city and its subsidiaries.

The Kalajoki City Group comprises the City of Kalajoki and the companies and foundations that the city governs. A community governed by a municipality as determined in the Accounting Act is the municipality's subsidiary. In accordance with the Local Government Act, a foundation governed by the municipality is also considered its subsidiary.

The basis for the city’s ownership policy is the strategy approved by the council and the other decisions regarding ownership policies.