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Hutchinson mayor’s new job is to oversee Kansas internet expansion

Hutchinson Mayor Jade Piros de Carvalho speaks during a city council meeting on Jan.  4, 2022, at City Hall.  Piros de Carvalho was hired by the Kansas Department of Commerce last week as director of the Office of Broadband Development but will retain her council seat.

Hutchinson Mayor Jade Piros de Carvalho said she won’t be moving or having to give up her seat on the Hutchinson City Council after being hired to a new position at the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Her appointment as director of the new Office of Broadband Development and that of former Hays Daily News publisher Patrick Lowry as director of Marketing and Communications at the agency were both announced Tuesday by Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland.

Piros de Carvalho, 44, said she signed a lease this week on an apartment in Topeka and will initially be staying there at least three days a week.

“I’ll be working hybrid for a while,” she said. “Eventually, it will be more remote.”

She resigned last week from her job at independent rural internet provider IdeaTek of Buhler, where she worked for the past 6 ½ years as director of industry & community relations.

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