Madison mayor hires two deputy mayors, executive assistant

MADISON (WKOW) — Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announced the hiring of two new deputy mayors and an executive assistant.

Dr. Linda Vakunta and Cameron McLay will join Rhodes-Conway’s staff as deputy mayors, while Natasha Holmes will serve as the mayor’s executive assistant, according to a press release sent Thursday morning by the mayor’s office.

“I am excited to announce these new employees in the mayor’s office as we continue to build a strong team to support smart, effective government and policymaking in Madison,” said Rhodes-Conway.

Dr. Linda Vakunta
Dr. Linda Vakunta

Vakunta will work on housing and human services, the Mayor’s Office said.

The mayor’s office touted Vakunta’s more than ten years of experience working on issues such as human trafficking and opioid use by Madison African-American women.

She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies, a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her start date is June 3.

Cameron McLay
Cameron McLay

McLay will work on a “Performance Excellence” initiative city-wide, the mayor’s office said.

He retired as a captain from the Madison Police Department in 2014 before serving as chief of police for the city of Pittsburg, according to the Mayor’s Office.

McLay begins work on June 10.

Holmes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Supply Chain Management from Howard University and graduated from Madison West High School, the mayor’s office said. She begins work for the Mayor June 3.




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