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After an extensive search, Hutchinson City Manager Jeff Cantrell announced today that interim Human Relations Officer (HRO), David Sotelo, has been selected to fill the position full-time.
A selection committee, which included representatives from Hutch in Harmony, the NAACP, Hutchinson Community Foundation, Prairie Independent Resource Center, and the Human Relations Commission, as well as other community members, worked diligently in cooperation with city staff on the search which included applicants from across the country.
“We are grateful for the work of the selection committee and the time they dedicated to making this important decision,” Cantrell said.
Under the supervision of the City Manager, Sotelo will be responsible for administering the Human Relations Ordinance pertaining to anti-discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations in cooperation with the Human Relations Commission. Prior to his service as the interim HRO, Sotelo served as the chairperson for the Human Relations Commission.
Sotelo moved to Hutchinson, Kansas in 2010, fleeing violence in his native home in Mexico. After graduating from Hutchinson High School in 2015, he attended Catholic Seminary College at Conception Seminary College in Conception Missouri and Holy Trinity Seminary at the University of Dallas.
In 2017, Sotelo worked as a program assistant at Shawnee County Prevention and Recovery Services and Safe Streets Topeka before returning to Hutchinson in 2019 to work with Rise Up Reno Prevention Network. “I am passionate about empowering people to be changemakers in their own communities and ready for the work ahead,” he said.
Sotelo will begin regular hours at his office in City Hall on April 12.