Mayor of Kranj

Župan Matjaž Rakovec


The Mayor of the Municipality of Kranj (MK) is Matjaž Rakovec. His term began on December 20, 2018.


Matjaž Rakovec was born on September 2, 1964, in Kranj, to his mother Ana and father Marijan. He attended the France Prešeren Elementary School in Kranj and then the Kranj Secondary School. He later graduated from the Faculty of Economics at University of Ljubljana.


He is known to the public mainly for his rich experience in the world of sports and the economy. As a member of Kranj's Triglav club, he played in the Yugoslav water polo league. Later, he was the president of the Water Polo Federation of Slovenia for five years and took the national team to the European Championships in 2006. He is the president of the Hockey Federation of Slovenia for the third consecutive term. He twice took Slovenian "lynxes" to the Winter Olympics.


He was employed at Zavarovalnica Triglav for a total of 19 years; in the years from 2009 to 2013 as the President of the Management Board, where he led the insurance company to record profits and twice received the Best Financier of the Year award. For several years he was the head of the Triglav Group (whose parent company is Zavarovalnica Triglav) with over 5,500 employees in six countries. In his professional career he performed several other functions, including being a management consultant at Mercator and director of Studio Moderna.


In his free time, he stays active, travels, and enjoys watching sports events.


Despite his recognizability, Matjaž Rakovec remains simple and open to everyone. He is a father and husband who believes that we all need an environment that offers us opportunities for personal development and gives our private life satisfaction and allows as much free time as possible. He wants to restore Kranj's reputation as a strong and reputable regional centre. He is convinced that the greatest potential of Kranj are the people who should be given the opportunity to live and work in Kranj.


He says of himself: “I always try to work to the best of my ability. My recipe for success is: do the work that makes you happy most of the time, surround yourself with the right people, and encourage constructive criticism within the team.”


The Mayor of Kranj performs the following tasks:

  • represents the MK,
  • represents the city council, convenes it, and chairs its meetings without the right to vote,
  • proposes to the City Council for adoption the MK budget and the final account of the budget, decrees, and other acts within the competence of the City Council,
  • takes care of and is responsible for the implementation of city council decisions,
  • takes care of and is responsible for the correct publication of the statute, rules of procedure, decrees, and other acts,
  • decides on administrative matters within the original competence of the MK at the second stage,
  • appoints and dismisses the deputy mayor,
  • supervises and directs the work of the city administration,
  • proposes the organization and work areas of the city administration,
  • determines the systematisation of jobs in the city administration,
  • appoints and dismisses the director of the city administration and appoints and dismisses the heads of internal organizational units,
  • decides on the appointment and dismissal or on the conclusion and termination of employment of employees in the city administration, unless otherwise provided by regulations,
  • may establish temporary commissions as expert and consultative bodies for individual areas within its competence,
  • adopt a plan for the management of movable property and a plan for the management of immovable property below a certain value, if so, decided by the city council,
  • allocates MK assets for management,
  • decides on the use of the general budget provision,
  • decides on the use of budget reserve funds in accordance with the law,
  • performs tasks related to protection against natural and other disasters in accordance with the law,
  • take temporary emergency measures in the event of a situation in which the lives and property of citizens could be significantly endangered, but the city council cannot meet in time,
  • adopts acts and measures in a state of war if the city council is unable to meet,
  • in accordance with the law, files requests for the review of the constitutionality and legality of regulations,
  • performs other tasks specified by law or this statute.