The City of Emporia is pleased to announce the selection of Tayler Wash as Director of Special Projects. Wash will begin her position on June 6, 2023, where she will coordinate and manage a variety of special initiatives and projects, oversee special project coordinators in economic and housing development, and perform grant research. The Director of Special Projects will also assist with policy analysis, program evaluation, and budgeting.
“The City of Emporia is thrilled to welcome Tayler as Director of Special Projects,” said City Manager, Trey Cocking. “Taylor has a passion for education and notable experience in leadership development that will make a great addition to the city’s executive leadership team.”
Wash brings administrative and educational experience to this role, most recently serving as the Organizational Effectiveness Coordinator at the Unified Government of Wyandotte County in Kansas City where she provided executive leadership and initiated the first professional development program for Unified Government employees.
“In my new role as Director of Special Projects, I look forward to helping make a difference and building relationships within the community and organization.”
Wash holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Emporia State University as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is also PEAK Black Belt Certified and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in public administration from the University of Kansas. As a graduate of ESU, Wash considers herself a forever Hornet and is passionate about contributing to this growing community.
“I hope to bring a fresh perspective, energy, enthusiasm, and a genuine desire to serve the community.” As Director of Special Projects, Wash will also develop a Citizen’s Academy Program to educate the community on city government.
The Director of Special Projects will study the changing needs of the City of Emporia and recommend programs and services that enhance how local government impacts the community.