Evans resigns as chief of Public Works


Over the objections of Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge, the three-member Board of County Commissioners yesterday forced the resignation of Carroll's Public Works director.

J. Michael Evans, 57, resigned about 2:30 p.m. after a closed-door meeting with the board. He had been a county employee for 12 years and commanded a staff of 170. Public Works is the largest department in Carroll government.

Neither Evans nor the commissioners would comment on their discussions, and Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Robin Bartlett Frazier refused to say why they asked for Evans' resignation.

Details of the terms of Evans' departure are confidential.

Under Maryland's open meetings law, the commissioners do not have to discuss personnel issues in open session.

It was not clear yesterday who would become head of the Public Works Department.

"The commissioners expect to reach a decision in the next week," said Pat Hill, executive assistant to the board.

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