Alderman Urk was almost behind the wheel himself in his son’s ‘drug ride’ | Drug capture at Urk transport

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update & pollAlderman Geert Post van Urk has been given a lot of punch in a hard report because of his role in his son’s transport company. Moreover, it appears that he arranged the contract for the shipment of flowers in which hundreds of kilos of drugs were later found. His son was arrested as a driver after the find, but it made little difference if Geert Post was behind the wheel himself.




This is evident from the report on the integrity investigation into Post (55), which was carried out on the initiative of interim mayor Ineke Bakker and the Urk party chairmen. SGP’er Post had been inactive since August. This highly critical report seems to undermine his position even further.

This research was carried out in recent weeks by consultancy firm Necker van Naem from Utrecht and since the end of last week in the hands of the Urk council and council. However, they had to keep it under them until today.

The city council will discuss the results of the investigation tonight at 7 pm during an extra council meeting. The Stentor Post asked this morning if he wanted to respond to the report’s findings: ,, No, to the Stentor not. Bye.”

Against Flevoland broadcaster Post says he will be at the council meeting tonight to defend himself. He does not agree with the conclusions the researchers have drawn from the reconstructions they performed.

Alderman Post wanted to make a ‘drug ride’ to England himself

Alderman Geert Post had almost been behind the wheel himself during the trip to England that JP Trans Urk BV carried out on July 29, during which more than 400 kilograms of cocaine and speed were found. Son Jelle did not have a good feeling about it and carried out the four journeys, in which flowers went from Rijnsburg to England, reluctantly, according to the report on Post’s role in his son’s company.

Post explains to the researchers that JP Trans received an email in the summer of 2020 with the question whether the company could transport a shipment of flowers from Rijnsburg to a number of addresses in London twice a week. Geert Post has contacted this company and agreed on a price for the job. JP Trans has made four trips for this client: on 6, 8, 20 and 29 July 2020.

Geert Post tells the researchers that son Jelle was not happy with the job. The reason: Jelle did not like that he was not allowed to be present when loading and unloading the cargo. Geert Post then offered to take over the ride and exchange it for a domestic ride that Geert Post would make later. Son Jelle declined this offer.

Five conclusions

Necker van Naem draws five conclusions about the actions of the SGP councilor; they all turn out negatively for him. For example, by not reporting its ancillary positions, Post acted in violation of several statutory provisions and provisions from the Urk Code of Conduct and the Municipalities Act.

The alderman says he ‘forgot’ to report the job at JP Trans Urk. He did not report his position as owner of JP Trans Beheer BV because he thought it was not necessary because it was an ’empty’ BV.

Post has also done much more work for his son’s businesses than he suggested to council and civil servants: “More substantial in nature and size than previously known,” the researchers conclude.

For example, in recent years he has worked 15 to 20 hours a week as a transport manager for his son’s company. He arranged loads independently. The loads of flowers that his son drove to England and in which more than 400 kilos of hard drugs were eventually found on July 29, were also arranged by Post.

A third conclusion is that the explanations Post gives for not reporting the ancillary positions are ‘inadequate’.

Conflict of interest

Then there is the appearance of a conflict of interest that Post charges as an alderman for Economic Affairs and an employee of JP Trans, located on the Urk industrial estate.

The researchers state: ‘The mere fact of double involvement, without taking further control measures that are as basic as 1) informing the Commission and 2) transferring (parts of) the portfolio, makes Geert Post insufficient has taken a step back in order to prevent (the appearance of) a conflict of interest as an alderman. ‘

Finally, according to the researchers, there is also a real conflict of interest. This happens when Post, in the role of alderman, at any time puts his son’s company lower on the waiting list for the issue of business land, precisely to prevent a wrong image from arising. But with this, Post also acted contrary to the Urk integrity code.


Poll

Urk alderman Post must submit his resignation

  • Yes, it is advisable to resign yourself (81%)

  • No, Urk politics must decide on a possible dismissal (11%)

  • No, he can still fulfill his role as alderman despite the outcome of the survey (8%)

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The researchers draw a sixth conclusion: the way in which Post worked is damaging the municipality of Urk. “Despite all good intentions: as an alderman with enforcement as a responsibility you cannot act credibly on behalf of the government if you do not apply the rules of the government according to their intention.”

The researchers argue that Post Urk is also causing damage because he was involved in the contracting of the ‘drug load’ that his son was caught with at the end of July. In this way, he will be involved in the judicial investigation that is currently underway. And this damages the prestige of the municipality of Urk.

Interviews

The researchers conducted a document analysis and conducted eleven interviews. The relevant documents have been provided by the municipality and by Geert Post. The interviews took place with the former mayor, the current mayor, the aldermen, two former municipal secretaries, three civil servants from the municipality of Urk and the Business Circle Urk.

Post, alderman for Economic Affairs, Education and Fisheries, resigned his administrative duties after the Stentor in August, Post revealed that Post is a transport manager at transport company JP Trans Urk. He had concealed this additional position from the municipality of Urk. This is contrary to the rules for integrity of public administration.

The double role of the SGP member became clear shortly after his son Jelle P., owner of the transport company, was arrested at the Channel Tunnel with over 400 kilos of hard drugs in the cargo area of ​​his truck. Jelle P. is detained in England awaiting his criminal case.

419 kilos of drugs were found in hidden areas of the truck from Urk. © AFP / photo editing De Stentor

Read the full report from consultancy Necker van Naem Integrity BV below.





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