The Director, Speaker’s Office is the administrative head of the affairs of the Office of the Speaker. The Director coordinates the activities of the Speaker’s Office and closely liaises with the Speaker and the Clerk on the management of affairs of the County Assembly. The Director also serves as the link between the political office and the technical offices for the proper management and functioning of the County Assembly. Key duties and responsibilities of the Director, Speaker’s Office include:-
Responsible for the co-ordination of administrative activities in the Speaker’s Office;
Acting as the liaison person between the Speaker’s Office and the rest of the parliamentary offices;
Responsible for carrying out research, preparation of speeches and overseeing travel and protocol arrangements in the Speaker’s Office; and
Responsible for preparation and review of correspondence and reports as directed by the Speaker.
Honorable Joel Kairu Maina is the speaker of the County Assembly of Nakuru where he chairs over 78 members of the county assembly (MCAs). A professional civil servant, the Speaker is a trained and registered quantity surveyor (QS) who holds a Master of Arts degree in Project Planning and Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Building Economics both from the University of Nairobi. Hon Kairu is currently engrossed in studying for a Doctorate degree in Strategic Planning at Kabarak University.
He is an alumni of Mother of Apostles Seminary in Uasin Gishu county where he completed his high school education in 1991. Besides being a member of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK), Hon. Kairu is also a member of the Impact Assessment Association of Kenya (IAAK) having being trained at the African Nazarene University on environmental impact assessment. His entry into the civil service in 1998 was followed by steady but fast career progression from the position of assistant quantity surveyor to district quantity surveyor, district public works officer, provincial quantity surveyor and county works officer in various stations across the country.
Hon Kairu was appointed the first Nakuru County Executive Committee (CEC) member for roads, transport and public works by then Governor Kinuthia Mbugua in May 2013 where he served in the capacity until August 2017. During his tenure as the CEC roads, transport and public works, he prides himself in having overseen the rehabilitation of county roads and bridges, construction of 150 early childhood development education classrooms, 20 health centres, six foot bridges and rehabilitation of county offices and infrastructure. He was also instrumental in the decongestion of Nakuru’s central business district and installation of more than 450 street lighting high masts and 460 solar street lights.
Hon Kairu made his first foray into the world of politics when he submitted his name as a candidate for the office of Speaker, County Assembly of Nakuru in September 2017 where he beat eight other candidates to clinch the seat. When he is not taking care of his legislative and oversight duties at the Nakuru County Assembly, Kairu is involved in various other social responsibilities as a member of the board of governors of various schools such as Menengai High School and Nakuru Girls High School. He is also an avid reader and sports man with a penchant for soccer.