The City of West Chicago has announced the addition of two key staff members to its community outreach team. Adrian Marquez has been added as a Community Outreach Specialist/Latino Ombudsman and Bethany Bayci joins the City as Special Events Coordinator.
The City of West Chicago is a culturally diverse, family-oriented community with an unflagging commitment to providing excellent services and programs, attracting and supporting local businesses and strengthening relations with and between its citizens. The addition of Marquez and Bayci is the latest demonstration of that commitment.
Adrian Marquez will be focusing on promoting civic engagement opportunities for the Latino community, a demographic which represents more than half of the City’s population. Bethany Bayci will concentrate on continuing the City’s grand tradition of offering a wide variety of family-friendly activities aimed at attracting people to the City while bringing current citizens together through positive, educational and fun-filled events.
“The City of West Chicago understands that our community, in all of its diversity, is our strongest asset,” said Mayor Ruben Pineda. “We will continue to invest in educating our residents in how our city government works and how they can participate in the process as well as striving to provide them with opportunities to come together to celebrate and showcase all that we have to offer. We are thrilled to have Adrian and Bethany lending their expertise to that effort”.
A native Spanish speaker, Marquez has lived in northern Illinois since the age of eight. He graduated from Elk Grove High School and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Illinois State University. He has experience in public management from his previous role as the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Highwood and from studying civic organizations in Lima, Peru.
Bayci will manage the remarkably robust, diverse and inclusive special event strategy the City employs to provide venues for building community spirit and promoting the City to potential residents and businesses. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Master’s from DePaul University. Prior to joining the City of West Chicago, she worked in the non-profit sector fundraising, managing special events and coordinating community development initiatives.