Onno Hoes

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Onno Hoes
Mayor of Maastricht
Assumed office
1 November 2010
Preceded by Jan Mans (Acting Mayor)
Personal details
Born Onno Hoes
(1961-06-05) 5 June 1961 (age 53)
Leiden, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Spouse(s) Albert Verlinde (since 2001)
Residence Maastricht, Netherlands
Occupation Politician
Religion Judaism [1]
Website Official site

Onno Hoes (born 5 June 1961 in Leiden) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He has been Mayor of Maastricht since 1 November 2010. Since 11 March 2010 till 12 October 2014 he has also been Chairman of the Dutch Center for Information and Documentation Israel (Centrum Informatie en Documentatie Israël - CIDI).

Before becoming mayor of Maastricht Hoes has held several political positions. From 1992 to 2003 he was a member of the provincial parliament of North Brabant, from 1993 to 1998 he was also a member of the municipal council of 's-Hertogenbosch, and from 2001 to 2010 he was a member of the provincial executive of North Brabant, dealing with different subjects like economic development, international relations and ecology.

Hoes, who is a Zionist, has a partly Jewish background, his mother is Jewish and his father Catholic. He was married to Dutch TV presenter Albert Verlinde. Actress Isa Hoes is his sister. In 2014 Onno Hoes divorced Albert Verlinde.

In 2013 Hoes revealed that he had several extramarital affairs since his election as Mayor of Maastricht. In 2014 a new toy boy from Almere publicised an undercover meeting with Onno Hoes. The scandal played out in public leading the Maastricht city council to take a vote of confidence.

Despite surviving the council vote, Onno Hoes announced his resignation as mayor of Maastricht on December 10.[2] In the announcement, Hoes offered to stay on until a new mayor is appointed.


  1. ^ (Dutch) Onno Hoes nieuwe voorzitter CIDI, Joods.nl
  2. ^ Grindstad, Ingrid. "Maastricht mayor Hoes resigns amidst sex smear campaign", NL Times, Amsterdam, 10 December 2014. Retrieved on 10 December 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jan Mans (Acting Mayor)
Mayor of Maastricht
Succeeded by