Government commissioner and deputy commissioner
As of February 15, 2020, Marnix Van Rij is Government Commissioner. Ms. Alida Francis is Deputy Government Commissioner of St. Eustatius.
Marnix van Rij
Government Commissioner, Marnix van Rij, was a member of the Dutch Senate from June 9th, 2015 to June 4th, 2019. From 1998 until mid-2019 he was a partner with Ernst & Young (EY) tax advisors in the Netherlands. In his last position, he was a strategic advisor for the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations for the Dutch Caribbean in Bonaire. Van Rij has extensive experience in local and national politics as well as governance in highly complex multi-layered international business environments.
Deputy Government Commissioner Ms. Alida Francis was born and raised on St. Eustatius and has been working in the Caribbean for over thirty years of which 18 as Director of Tourism of St. Eustatius. Ms. Francis is a communications expert and was Senior Communications Advisor for St. Eustatius and Saba for over 10 years. In 1990 she started her career in the civil services on St. Maarten in the Cabinet of the Governor specializing in Protocol and Public Relations. Francis is well respected for the important contribution she made to the reconstruction of St. Eustatius after Hurricane Irma.