Wednesday 20 November 2019

Top Drenthe official resigns over sister-in-law’s design contract

The property in question. Photo: Ronn via Wikimedia Commons

The king’s commissioner in Drenthe, Jacques Tichelaar, has resigned after admitting putting forward his sister in law to redevelop a listed building in Assen, despite earlier denying the claim.

Tichelaar, a former Labour MP and current chair of the provincial council, said on Wednesday evening he is standing down after having lost the trust of councillors.

‘Trust is necessary to do a good job and I do not think I have that trust sufficiently,’ he said. ‘That is why I am stepping down with immediate effect.

Tichelaar told local television station RTV Drenthe last week that a civil servant had approached his sister in law, who runs design studio Klinkenberg-SO, about the project.

However, earlier this week, the Volkskrant newspaper obtained a copy of a letter which Tichelaar had written to the provincial authority admitting having favoured his relative. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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