The new mayors of Jeju and Seogwipo Cities were announced by Woo Keun Min on June 30 and took office on July 1, the same day Woo became governor. Kim Byung Lip, who is now mayor of Jeju City, was the manager of Woo’s election campaign and Ko Chang Hoo, now running Seogwipo City, was his spokesman. Below are brief educational and work histories for both.
▲ Kim Byung Lip. Photo courtesy Jeju City Hall
Kim Byung Lip Kim attended Jeju Jeil High School from 1968 to 1971, and then obtained a B.A. in Public Administration from Korea National Open University in 2002 and an M.A. in the same discipline in 2007.
He worked as a government employee at Jeju City Hall and the provincial office from late 1972 through mid 1994 and as a member and chairman of the Jeju City Council from 1998 until 2002. Kim became a member of the provincial council in 2002 and served until June of this year, including as chairman from 2006.
▲ Ko Chang Hoo. Photo courtesy Seogwipo City Hall
Ko Chang Hoo Ko attended Namju High School from 1980 until 1983 and Jeju National University from 1983 until 1987, graduating with a B.A. in Law.
He served as a judge for the Incheon District Court from 1996 until 1998 and on the Seoul Southern District Court from March 1998 until Aug. 1999. In Oct. 1999, Ko joined the Tamla Cooperative law firm as a lawyer and remained there until Jan. 2001, after which he worked for a year at the Haeoreum law firm. He opened his own self-named firm in April of this year but it is in the process of being closed now that he has become mayor.
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