Martens succeeds Illidge at VKS

POSTED: 02/15/13 1:35 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams on Wednesday confirmed that she had deferred the appointment of a successor to Voluntary Korps of St. Maarten (VKS) Commander Lt. Colonel Jean Illidge, to the board of that foundation.

After 16 years at the helm, Illidge tendered his resignation which takes effect on February 28.

Tony Rogers had been put forward as a board member for the foundation and was also recommended for the post of commander; however the finalization of the establishment of the VKS foundation is ongoing.  In the meantime, the activities of the VKS will be carried out by a management team that is supervised by acting commander Paul Martens.

“The law also indicates how the members of that foundation are to be established. Several of the members need to be appointed by different agencies as stipulated by law,” the prime minister said.

She added that all of the agencies which include the Public Prosecutors Office and the Commander of the Coast Guard and others have all put forward their candidates for the five member board.

“The recommendations have all come in, two from government and three other agencies need to put forward a member.”

But the Corporate Governance Council will have to be involved in the foundation and that is the process that the foundation establishment is in currently, the prime minister said.

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