Mayor Tyrone A. Garner has appointed two new crucial staff members to his team. Steve Williams was named as Community Engagement & Welfare Advisor to the Office of the Mayor and Irene Caudillo was named Chief of Staff. 

As Chief of Staff, Caudillo will oversee the day-to-day operations of Mayor Garner’s administration. Leaning on past experience, she hopes to foster innovative partnerships to promote equity and opportunities for residents of Wyandotte County. Notably, Caudillo is the first Latina Chief of Staff in the Unified Government.

“It is an honor to continue the work in our community,” said Caudillo. “I am ready to support the Mayor and the Unified Government staff in centering community needs and improving this city and county by meeting these needs.”

Williams in his new role will coordinate with community organizations on behalf of the Mayor’s office while addressing the physical, social, and organizational welfare concerns of Wyandotte County.

“With their years of professional experience, commitment to Wyandotte County, and dedication to serving others, I am confident that both individuals will greatly contribute to the people of Wyandotte County, the Unified Government, and the vision of the Mayor’s office to make Kansas City, Kansas a safe and exceptional place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Mayor Garner.

Williams is a native of Kansas City, KS, with over thirty years of experience in public safety, youth mentoring, community outreach, problem-solving, leadership, and neighborhood engagement. Williams has actively participated on community boards and organizations. 

ICaudillo, boasts more than three decades of nonprofit executive leadership. For the past ten years, she has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for El Centro, a not-for-profit corporation established in 1976 to improve the lives of Latinos and others through education, social, and economic opportunities. The Mayor’s office says that Caudillo has a proven track record of collaboration, working across sectors, and supporting the community, while earning national and regional honors for her service.