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D.A. Williams’ chief administrative officer leaving

Published: May. 19, 2022 at 12:42 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 5:40 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A top officer for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office is leaving, according to an email obtained by FOX 8.

Chief Administrative Officer Tyronne Walker managed D.A. Jason Williams’ campaign for office and headed his transition team. His last day with the D.A.’s office will be June 3.

Williams called the announcement a “bittersweet moment” in the email.

“Tyronne’s energy and talent are boundless and this office and city are better because of him,” the email continues.

Walker has accepted a new position as the Vice President of the Urban League of Louisiana’s Strategic Leadership Team.

“Joining the Urban League in this defining moment is exciting for me,” said Walker. “This opportunity gives me the chance to put all of my talents to use in partnership with other capable leaders to deliver on issues of great consequence for the African American community not just in New Orleans, but across Louisiana.”

“The Urban League of Louisiana has always attracted top talent committed to uplifting our community,” said Cathy Washington, Urban League of Louisiana Executive Vice President.

Prior to working with Williams, Walker was Vice President of Communication for the Greater New Orleans Foundation and a senior adviser for Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration.

The announcement comes one day after new tax issues arose for Williams.

“The CAO’s departure is unrelated to any tax matters concerning the district attorney. We look forward to a continued positive impact on the city,” Williams’ office said in a statement.

ZURIK: New tax issues for Orleans D.A. Jason Williams

On Wednesday, the IRS filed a federal tax lien alleging Williams and his wife failed to pay a 1040 income tax return, and owe that money for the 2019 tax year.

In addition to the latest issue, Williams is two months away from a federal trial where prosecutors allege he inflated his business deductions by $720,000, reducing the amount of money he paid to the IRS. That indictment covers from 2013 to 2017. The new tax lien falls outside that scope and involves Williams’ 2019 tax filings.

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