Dutch Representative Walrave leaves, successor Jonkers arrivesPOSTED: 02/25/11 12:41 PM
St. Maarten – The head of the office of the Dutch Representative in St. Maarten, Lars Walrave, left and his successor Marsie Jonkers was introduced to the island’s makers and shakers during an informal reception at the Passangrahan Hotel yesterday afternoon.
Jonkers, 45, is a career civil servant who worked thirteen years at the Ministry of Home Affairs in The Hague. For ten years he worked on the administrative organization of the Netherlands. The last three years he worked at Kingdom Relations where he was involved with the constitutional transition of the BES-islands to the status of Dutch public entities. He worked as the secretary of Commissioner Henk Kamp, who has in the meantime returned to the Netherlands where he is the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor in the Rutte cabinet.
Jonkers arrived on the island on Sunday and received a crash course St. Maarten from his predecessor Walrave.”The coming week I want to let it all sink in,” he said yesterday. “I like the enormous diversity and the potential of this island. It is very special, with a French and a Dutch side.”
Rutte is married. His wife Jeanine, his 9-year old twins and his 10-month old son are now also in St. Maarten, where he will serve as the head of the office of the Dutch Representative for the next three years.
The Dutch Representative for Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten, Rob Vermaas, attended the reception, as did Governor Holiday, Dennis Richardson, GEBE managing director William Brooks, hospital director George Scot, archeologist Jay Haviser, and many others. But none of the ministers of St. Maarten’s government, and none of the members of parliament made an appearance.