Next Monday the city of Maastricht will have a new mayor: Onno Hoes (49). He’s member of the liberal party VVD and former regional minister in the province of North-Brabant. With his choice ends a long tradition of Christian Democrat mayors in the university’s city. Hoes replaces Gerd Leers – now integration Minister in the new Dutch cabinet. Leers resigned in January after an affair concerning a Bulgarian holiday villa project.
Onno Hoes is born in Leiden and married to the famous Dutch tv gossip show presenter Albert Verlinde.