Structure of the District Assembly for Görlitz

Chairman
District Administrator Bernd Lange
Landrat Bernd Lange
1. Deputy Chairman of the District Administrator
Wolfgang Rückert (CDU)
2. Deputy Chairman of the District Administrator
Torsten Pötzsch (Freie Wähler party)
Wolfgang Rückert Torsten Pötzsch

The District Administrator

Bernd Lange (CDU) was elected to the position of District Administrator of the new administrative district of Görlitz during the election in June 2008. The District Administrator is the legal representative of the administrative district, chairman of the district council and head of the administration of the administrative district office. His term of office is seven years and re-election is possible. The District Administrator is directly elected by the citizens. He carries out the resolutions made by the district council and his committees. He is responsible for the administration and the tasks stipulated by legal regulations or the district council.
First deputy chairman of the District Administrator is the 1st councillor Thomas Gampe who is also the head of department I at the district office, 2nd councillor is Martina Weber, head of department IV and the 3rd councillor is Dr. Christian Linke, head of department II. Besides the councillors, the district council also elected two further deputy chairmen of the administrative district from among its members: local district council Günter Paulik (CDU) as the 1st deputy chairman and local district council Arnd Voigt (Freie Wähler party) as the 2nd deputy chairman. They represent the District Administrator in his absence, if the councillors also are unable to attend.

The District Council

The district council is the representative of the citizens and the main body of the administrative district. The district council was elected in June 2008 and consists of the District Administrator as the Chairman and 92 district councils.
The district council lays down the principles of the administration of the administrative district and decides upon all matters concerning the administrative district, provided the District Administrator is not responsible in law or the district council has given him certain tasks.
The district council monitors the execution of his resolutions and ensures an elimination of misunderstandings within the district council via the District Administrator. The meetings of the district council are open to the public. However, it does not meet in public if the public interest or legitimate interests of individuals require a non-public negotiation.

The committees of the District Council
As meetings of the district council are relatively rare, but it has a comparatively large number of members and many problems to deal with, it creates decision-making and advisory committees.
The decision-making committees take decisions within their responsibility in place of the district council. Issues which require a decision made by the district council are discussed in advance within the responsible committees. Meetings are open to public if they do not serve as prior consultation for the district council. The chairman of the decision-making committees is the District Administrator, but this task also may be assigned to a councillor. 
Advisory committees are established if preliminary discussions about certain subjects become necessary. Their results represent a recommendation for the district council’s resolution. These meetings are not open to public. The district council also may appoint well-informed inhabitants as members of the advisory and decision-making committees. The chairmen of the advisory committees are elected by the respective committees, but have to be district councils.

The district councils

In accordance with the constitutional law of Germany, citizens must be represented at state, district and community level. The district council is the representative body for the citizens of the district. It consists of the District Administrator as the Chairman and voluntary members, the district councils. The district councils are elected by the inhabitants of the administrative district. The legislative period of a district council is 5 years. (Exception: due to the district reformation, the legislative period is currently six years). The district councils take decisions pursuant to the laws and according to their own particular free conviction in the public interest. The district councils act as volunteers and receive compensation for their expenditure.

Decision-making committees
Main committee
Technical committee
Youth welfare committee
Committee for health and social issues

Advisory committees
Financial committee
Committee for regional development, economy, tourism, environment and energy in the areas of business development, agriculture and forestry, environment, climate protection and energy
Committee for education, culture and sport

Address
Görlitz Administrative District Office/ Landratsamt Görlitz
Bahnhofstraße 24
02826 Görlitz
Postal address
Görlitz Administrative District Office/ Landratsamt Görlitz
(name of the office)
PF 30 01 52
02806 Görlitz


Office hours

Overview of the locations and offices for district administration