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Process started for new Bonaire Island Governor

THE HAGUE--The Dutch Government announced on Thursday, the start of the process to appoint a new Island Governor for Bonaire.

The position of Island Governor has been vacant since March 1, this year when Lydia Emerencia prematurely resigned. Since then, Acting Island Governor Edison Rijna has been in charge.

Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk is inviting interested persons to respond to the job opening before May 15, 2014. The salary of the Island Governor was also released by the Dutch Government: US $80,816 per year.

An assessment on one or more selection criteria may be part of the procedure. The candidate will be screened by the Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations prior to the nomination. The screening will consist of an investigation by the Dutch national security agency AIVD and a fiscal audit.

The profile for the Island Governor position can be requested at the Office of the National Government Representative in Bonaire and has also been published at www.rijksvertegenwoordiger.nl. Applications have to go to the Office of the National Government Representative.

Minister Plasterk has also released the planning and procedure for the appointment of a new National Government Representative who will replace Wilbert Stolte. The vacancy was published in the National Gazette and local media on April 22.

The application period will close on May 13, followed by a selection of the candidates in mid-June and a consultation of the Executive Councils of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba late June. In keeping with the wish of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, the procedure will be handled in a transparent manner.

The proposal to appoint a new National Government Representative will be handled by the Dutch Council of Ministers on July 4, after which the decision will be secured in a Royal Decree on July 8, followed by the official installation mid-July.

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