MAASTRICHT. Annemarie Penn-Te Strake (61) will become the new mayor of Maastricht on 1 July. She will take over from VVD mayor Onno Hoes, who resigned after a commotion about a stealthily recorded private meeting.
Penn-Te Strake was born in Helmond and studied Dutch law in Nijmegen. She has worked as a judge for the Maastricht court, where she became vice president and later head prosecutor. At the moment she is Attorney General for the Public Prosecution Service in The Hague.
It is not only extraordinary that she is to be the first female mayor of Maastricht. She is also not affiliated with any political party. In national newspaper de Volkskrant: “It is not that I am not socially involved. Giving society a meaningful contribution has been the leitmotiv in my career. But being independent is who I am. I used to be a judge and judges have to be independent. I do not know a single political party that has a manifesto with which I could agree on all points. This is who I am.”
The new mayor is married to Olaf Penn, a retired surgeon and chairman of the Senior Party Maastricht. He is resigning as chairman of the party in order to prevent any conflict of interest.