PHILIPSBURG--The vetting of proposed Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure VROMI is still in progress, Deputy Leader of the United Democrats (UD) Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Monday, when asked for an update.

  She said the proposed candidate’s “papers are in process.” Vetting has to be carried out by various agencies via the National Security Service.

  Cabinet Chief of Staff of the VROMI Ministry, Chris Wever is tipped to become the ministry’s next minister. Wever will replace outgoing Minister Miklos Giterson. Wever will be the country’s 11th VROMI minister since country within the kingdom status was gained almost nine years ago, should all go well with his screening and appointment.

  Wever will not succeed only Giterson, who served in two cabinets. He will follow in the post of now suspended Member of Parliament (MP) Theo Heyliger (the first person to hold the post upon its creation in 2010), current MP William Marlin (who held the post twice in different cabinets), now Head of the Department of Communications Maurice Lake, former Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, now Head of the National Recovery Programme Bureau Claret Connor, civil servant Angel Meyers and MP Christophe Emmanuel.

  Wever has been the chief of cabinet since January 2018. He had held several other positions in government, including on the supervisory board of St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies, and in the private sector prior to his current posting.

  He is a graduate of Florida-based St. Thomas University from which he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

  Giterson was asked by the United Democrats/St. Maarten Christian Party coalition to resign after he was convicted by the Court of First Instance for driving under the influence of alcohol. After initial resistance due to his appealing his sentence, Giterson cleared the way for a new candidate to be vetted for his post.