Leen Verbeek

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Leen Verbeek
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King's Commissioner of Flevoland
Assumed office
November 1, 2008
Preceded by Michel Jager
Mayor of Purmerend
In office
April 2, 2003 – November 1, 2008
Preceded by Theun van Dam
Succeeded by Fons Hertog
Personal details
Born Leendert Verbeek
March 5, 1954 (age 61)
Leiderdorp, The Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid - PvdA)
Residence Purmerend, The Netherlands
Alma mater Academy for Educational Labour - Baarn (BA)
Occupation Politician, civil servant, social worker
Website (English) Province of Flevoland website

Leendert (Leen) Verbeek (born March 5, 1954, in Leiderdorp) is a Dutch politician and former civil servant and social worker. He is a member of the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid). He has served as mayor of Purmerend from April 2003 till November 2008.[1] On November 1, 2008, he became Queen's Commissioner of the province of Flevoland.[2]

Verbeek spent his early years in Eindhoven. After the mulo (current-day vmbo) and a year of high school in the USA, he attended the Academy for Educational Labour in Baarn. He then started to work as a youth worker in Leiden.

Ten years later Verbeek started his political career through political institutions, ending up as an alderman in Houten (1989-1996). He was appointed mayor of Purmerend. In between he was director of a self-created company.

On December 18, 2007, it was announced that Verbeek was a candidate for mayor of Eindhoven along with Rob van Gijzel. A referendum was held on January 23, 2008, in which Verbeek scored 33% of the votes, but because the required number of voters was not met, the referendum was nullified and the decision was made in-house, which resulted in Rob van Gijzel being appointed mayor of Eindhoven.[3] Verbeek was replaced by Fons Hertog as mayor of Purmerend in November 2008, as Verbeek was appointed the Queen's Commissioner for the province of Flevoland.


  1. ^ (Dutch) Benoeming Leen Verbeek als burgemeester van Purmerend, Nieuwsbank, March 28, 2003
  2. ^ (Dutch) Leen Verbeek nieuwe commissaris van de Koningin, Omroep Flevoland, October 10, 2008
  3. ^ (Dutch) De heer Van Gijzel voorgedragen als burgemeester van Eindhoven, Nederlands Genootschap van Burgemeesters, January 25, 2008
Political offices
Preceded by
Theun van Dam
Mayor of Purmerend
2003 - 2008
Succeeded by
Fons Hertog
Preceded by
Michel Jager
Queen's Commissioner of Flevoland
2008 - present
Succeeded by