Dear deputy chair, and dear council members,
After '1221 days or 3 years, 4 months and 3 days' (Het Parool newspaper on 18/10/17), I am taking leave of you as alderperson of Amsterdam. I shall be resigning from my duties on 25 October 2017.
I do so with mixed feelings. Because Amsterdam is my home town. Because it is a privilege to be an alderperson here. And especially because I know that we are still mourning the passing of Mayor Van der Laan. On 18 September I assumed his duties, as first deputy mayor; a responsibility that I have taken very seriously. I wish to express my deepest appreciation for all the civil servants that have supported me during this exceptional period.
The King’s Commissioner, Johan Remkes, is working hard to appoint an acting mayor as soon as possible. Until that time, the second deputy mayor, alderperson Eric van der Burg, will assume my duties.
Sometimes you need to make choices at difficult points in time. I have chosen to accept my nomination as Minister of the Interior in the new cabinet. I do so with conviction. I have learnt so much in Amsterdam: about the power of local governance, about solutions for metropolitan problems, about people’s ability in a city to seamlessly combine a local urban identity with world citizenship. All this, I shall bring to my new position.
What I may well remember best about this past period, is how dear Amsterdam is to all of us. This always motivated the College and the Council to seek shared solutions to serious problems, with that typical Amsterdam bravado. I trust that you shall continue to do so, also after the current council term expires.
I most like to see Ajax on the pitch in a 3-4-3 formation. Always going forward, and always trusting completely in the quality of the team. It is in that spirit that I now take leave of you as deputy mayor and alderperson, and I look forward to continuing to work with you in my new position.
With best regards,
Alderperson Ollongren’s portfolios reassigned
Alderperson Ollongren’s portfolios will be reassigned as follows:
- Alderperson Kock will assume the portfolios of Economic Affairs, Airports and Seaports, Investments and Centre District.
- Alderperson Kukenheim will assume the portfolios of Art and Culture, Local Media and Monuments.