Embattled chief of agency submits his resignation ANNE ARUNDEL


Dallas R. Evans, the embattled chief executive officer of the Anne Arundel County Economic Opportunity Committee, tendered his resignation to the agency's board yesterday and will leave Nov. 1.

"We accepted his resignation," said James Chase, vice president of the board, who had called for Mr. Evans' resignation. He said members accepted the resignation unanimously.

Board President Eleanor Harris declined to comment yesterday, saying it was a personnel matter.

Mr. Chase declined to discuss the matter further, saying Mr. Evans resigned because "he has a business opportunity elsewhere."

The committee, also known as the Community Action Agency, oversees a budget of about $3.5 million in public and private funds. Its staff of more than 100 manages the county's Head Start and Senior Aide programs, along with several smaller ones.

Mr. Evans was unavailable for comment yesterday. He told The Sun Thursday that in the two years he has overseen the agency he has eliminated an operating deficit, installed computers in the offices and increased grant funding.

"Some people might have trouble with change," he said.

One board member said Mr. Evans did not communicate well with the board. Another said the members found fault with the way Mr. Evans fired a worker earlier this year.

Mr. Chase said Mr. Evans would remain in charge through Nov. 1 and would likely name an interim director. He was uncertain when the board would name a new director.

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