Houston & Peach

Michael Evans named Centerville’s Post 3 councilman

CENTERVILLE -- Michael Evans is Centerville’s newest city councilman.

Evans was appointed Friday after a unanimous vote during a special called meeting of the mayor and council members. Evans replaces Ed Tucker in the Post 3 seat following Tucker’s resignation Tuesday to become the city’s director of police services, a newly created position he will initially fill part time.

Evans, 53, was sworn in immediately after the vote. He is an eight-year resident of Centerville and works as a financial adviser.

In 2013, Evans lost a close race for the Post 2 council seat against incumbent Randall Wright.

Evans is the first African-American to hold a council seat in Centerville. Commending Evans on his credentials and ongoing interest in city matters, Mayor John Harley said he was proud to be part the historic event.

Originally from Beaufort, South Carolina, Evans came to Middle Georgia as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Citadel and a master’s degree in management and leadership from Webster University.

Councilman Cameron Andrews said Evans brought much needed diversity to the council as well as experience.

Councilman Jon Nichols nominated Evans to the post and spoke highly of his qualifications and love for the city. Following the meeting, Evans said Centerville is “home.”

The Post 3 seat is up for election in November. Evans said he will seek election and will qualify in August to run for the seat he now occupies.

Though the vote for Evans was unanimous, Wright raised objections to the process of selecting the new council member. He said the process happened too quickly and without proper discussion of potential candidates. He said though he voted for and congratulated Evans and believed he was highly qualified, he felt the matter had been “shoved down his throat.”

While living in Stone Mountain, Evans served one term on that community’s city council. Evans said Stone Mountain has a population of 7,000, similar to Centerville’s. As a council member there, Evans said he was chairman of the economic development committee and a member of the public safety and public service committees. He also reached step two of the Georgia Municipal Association/University of Georgia’s municipal government training program for city leaders.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.