Zeng Xin, the director of public security in Hubei, has been promoted to vice-governor of the province, the Standing Committee of the Hubei provincial People’s Congress said on Thursday.
Zeng, 48, will retain his post at the public security bureau, which is the main civilian police force, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.
The report said Zeng’s latest promotion follows a recent trend instigated by the central government that public security directors should also made provincial vice-governor or assistant to the governor.
Until 2012, party heads of provincial political and legislative affairs committees also held the post of public security director. The report said such a model made it hard for legal system to inspect and supervise the police system.
Zeng is the youngest minister with such a portfolio on the mainland. He has worked with the public security ministry since 1987, and was named director of the ministry’s technical investigation bureau in 2011. The following year, he was appointed assistant to governor of Hubei and director of the province’s public security department in 2012.