This is part of a flood-prevention strategy on part of the regional authorities
On July 1, 2020, Peter den Oudsten was sworn in as acting mayor of Utrecht. He will remain on until a new mayor is appointed by the King.
Prior to becoming Mayor of Utrecht, Peter den Oudsten (born on 24 October 1951) was the Mayor of Meppel (2001-2005), Enschede (2005-2015) and Groningen (2015-2019). Between June 1998 and March 1999 he was also the acting Mayor of Leeuwarden.
Jan van Zanen was born in 1961 and spent his childhood in the city of Edam-Volendam. After Grammar School (classical teaching Gymnasium), he completed his law studies at the VU University Amsterdam and at Cornell University Law School in Ithaca, New York, USA. He did his military service as an officer at the Dutch Royal Air Force, and subsequently filled the position as legal and executive secretary for the National Employer’s Association.