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Bednar taps seasoned administrator from Florida as assistant city manager

Jay Evans of Leesburg, Fla., will serve as Brentwood's assistant city manager, starting Jan. 26, according to city officials.

Evans currently serves as city manager of Leesburg, a position he has held since 2007. Leesburg is located about 50 miles northwest of Orlando, with a population that is about half the size of Brentwood.

“Two things attracted me to the city of Brentwood; the quality of life, and the quality of place,” Evans told the Williamson Herald. “When I looked at the strength of the local government, its stability, the background of the city commissioners, and the strengths of the schools, all the boxes were checked.”

According to incoming City Manager Kirk Bednar, Evans was selected from more than 100 applicants. Bednar currently serves in the position Evans will hold.

“He brings over 15 years of local government management experience, including 12 years at the assistant city manager and city manager levels,” Bednar said in a statement released to the media. “Jay has done an excellent job as city manager in Leesburg over the past five years during challenging economic times, and I believe his management style and philosophy, as well as his personality, will fit well in Brentwood.”

According to the curriculum vitae provided by Bednar's office, Evans has direct “oversight responsibilities for all municipal operations” as city manager for Leesburg, a position he has held since 2007. The CV also states that Evans' management of the Leesburg's finances led to a “financial turnaround of a city with inadequate liquidity and declining bond ratings (with a negative outlook) to one with substantial excess reserves and highest-ever bond ratings (AA- & A+, outlook stable) from Moody's, Fitch, and Standard & Poors. This was accomplished amidst the backdrop of the great recession, and overall budget decline of $22M (12.5 percent), and spiraling pension costs.”

Evans said he would live in the near term with his brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Columbia, Tenn., while he looks for a home. His wife, Megan; daughters Morgan, 11, and Addison, 6; and son Parker, 9, will eventually relocate from Florida.

Evans said he looks forward to participating in many of the recreational offerings of Middle Tennessee.

“I'm a hunter,” he said. “I love the outdoors and love country music. It's going to feel like home.”

 

 

Posted on: 12/21/2012

 
 

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