Hutchinson’s new mayor’s job is to oversee the expansion of the Internet in Kansas

Hutchinson Mayor Jade Perros de Carvalho speaks during a city council meeting on January 4, 2022 at City Hall.  The Kansas Department of Commerce appointed Perros de Carvalho last week as director of the Broadband Development Office but will retain her seat on the board.

Hutchinson Mayor Jade Perros de Carvalho said she will not move or have to relinquish her seat on the Hutchinson City Council after being appointed to a new position at the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Deputy Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland on Tuesday announced her appointment as director of the new Bureau of Broadband Development and the appointment of former Hayes Daily News publisher Patrick Lowery as director of marketing and communications for the agency.

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

“I’m going to be doing a hybrid for a while,” she said. “In the end, it will be more distant.”

Last week she quit her job at independent rural internet provider IdeaTek in Buhler, where she had worked for the past 6 1/2 years as Director of Industry and Community Relations.