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Wednesday, October 18, 2006


By Bev Evans
Utah State Senator, District 26

I will be submitting my letter of resignation today.

Many of you know this was to be my last year in the legislature. It has turned out to be a difficult one. My husband passed away unexpectedly and then several other serious challenges have arisen since that time. For many reasons, I needed to find a job and/or a meaningful cause with which to be active and engaged.

I found both.

An opportunity came up to work for rural economic development in the executive branch. I can’t work in both branches of government at the same time so I need to say goodbye to my legislative family two months early.

Serving in the Utah State Legislature was one of my life’s great experiences. My colleagues and the many people with whom I have shared work, time, and memories have been wonderful. My constituents are among the best people on earth and I have represented them as well as I know how.

I've asked the Senate President to accept my letter of resignation, effective Wednesday, November 1st.


Anonymous John Valentine said...

I’ll accept your early resignation, Bev, but not without regret. We hate to lose you. You’ve been a good friend. I’ve enjoyed our association years ago in the House of Reps. and lately in the Utah Senate. As Assistant Senate Majority Whip, you’ve been a stable, wise, organized influence in our leadership team. Thank you for all the good years of service, and best of luck in your new role. They are fortunate to have found someone like you.

10/18/2006 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Sandy Tenney said...

We'll miss you Sen. Evans. You've been a good friend to the staff. I wish you the very best in your new emloyment opportunity. You certainly bring a lot of expertise to your new position. Best of luck!

10/18/2006 1:38 PM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

Here's a copy of yesterday's press release:

For Immediate Release
October 18, 2006


Michael Sullivan
Dir. Communication, GOED
Office: 801-538-8811
Cell: 801-244-2975

Senate Veteran to Join Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Senator Beverly Evans to focus on Rural Economic Development

Jason Perry, Executive Director of The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced today that Beverly Evans will be joining one of his teams focused on rural economic development. Senator Evans was first elected to the Legislature in 1986 moving to the Senate in 1998, where she has most recently been the Assistant Majority Whip. Senator Evans has represented Daggett, Duchesne, Summit, Uintah, and Wasatch counties. Over the years Senator Evans has been a board member of Center for Rural Life, Utah Rural Development Council, B.L.M. State Regional Advisory Council and the Governor’s Rural Development Board as well as chairing a large number of Legislative Committees and private sector organizations.

Most recently Senator Evans has been the Director of Development and Special Projects for Utah State University, Uintah Basin Branch Campus. She will be joining Gayle McKeachnie, Rural Director and Les Prall who are currently working in the GOED Rural Economic Development Program. Evans will be filling a vacancy in the GOED Main Street program, as well as adding her extensive Grant writing and development experience to the rural program effort. "Senator Evans is well recognized and respected in the business community. Her knowledge of rural issues is extensive and will add to the significant emphasis the Governor’s Office of Economic Development has placed on statewide economic development," said Perry.

Senator Evans expects to wrap up her legislative duties in the next few weeks and assume her post at GOED the first week of November.


Editors Notes:

* Senator Evans has posted a personal statement on the Senate Site: http://www.senatesite.com .

* For additional Senate comment please contact Ric Cantrell, Assistant to Majority Leadership, Utah State Senate. Direct Line: 801.538.1407.

10/19/2006 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done, Senator Evans.

10/19/2006 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Annette Moore said...

Congratulations! As much as we will all miss you here in the Senate, I know how excited you are to begin this new adventure; and I couldn't be more thrilled for you. You have had a very challenging year, and it is good to see that your face is "beaming" again. Your smile is as broad as I've ever seen it; it's wonderful to experience your enthusiasm. Best wishes . . . keep in touch.

10/20/2006 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll be missed Senator. You are always so kind, thoughtful, calm and collected. We appreciate your influence up on the hill.

10/31/2006 1:05 PM  

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