Meet the City Manager
Jonathan Evans, MPA, MBA, ICMA-CM
Edward Evans was born on August
25, 1980, in Port Chester,
New York, to Mr. Vivian Alfred Evans and Ms. Edita Evans.
Mr. Evans has one younger
sister, Viviana Evans, as
well as numerous other siblings: 14 half-brothers and six half-sisters from before his father met Mr. Evans’ mother.
Mr. Evans is a first-generation United States
citizen. His father was born in Manchester, Jamaica, and his mother was born in Bocas Del Toro, Panama.
Mr. Evans’ father was an engineer, and his mother
was a nurse, as well as a U.S. Army Captain
(Ret.). This sparked some interesting conversations about who had full control of the house. To Mr. Evans, this was easy: his mother clearly
had the upper hand.
In 1988, Mr. Evans and his family moved from New York to Kissimmee, Florida, where they resided until he
attended college. Prior to his 18th birthday, Mr. Evans’ family gave him an ultimatum: go to college or join the
U.S. Army. This made his decision
very simple: he decided to attend college.
The most important
attributes and characteristics that his family taught him are that hard work, dedication, and determination will carry
you far, and no matter how daunting a task, as long as you keep a positive
outlook on things, they will work themselves out. Mr. Evans’ father passed
away in 2004 due to complications from prostate cancer.
Instead of allowing this event to affect him negatively, Mr. Evans used it to fuel his ambition
and to strive to be the best at everything he does. He enjoyed a special relationship with his father. They often engaged in heated debates regarding
national politics and life circumstances in general, but they
remained best friends.
Mr. Evans holds a
bachelor’s degree in social
work and a master’s degree in public administration from
the University of Central Florida, as well as a master’s degree in business administration with a human resource
concentration from Saint Leo University. He has worked for
the following communities: the City of St. Cloud, the Town of Celebration, and the City of Largo.
In addition, on July 16, 2012, he began working for Haines
City as the assistant city manager. On May 16, 2013, Mr. Evans was appointed the acting city manager
and was unanimously appointed by the city commission
as the new city manager on September
19, 2013. Prior to Mr. Evans’ work in Haines City, he worked for the city manager’s
office in the City of Largo for nearly six years as the assistant to the
city manager, as well as the
city’s public information officer.
In fall 2016, Mr. Evans left Haines City
to serve as an assistant county administrator for Sarasota County. In this
role, he oversaw the following community development and infrastructure
departments: Planning and Development Services, Public Utilities, Public Works,
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT), and Economic Development. As part of his
responsibilities, he oversaw an operational budget of over $1 billion.
From March 20, 2017 to September 2017, Mr.
Evans served as the city manager for the City of Riviera Beach. He was then
appointed city manager of the City of Madeira Beach in February 2018. In this
role, he oversaw the City of Madeira Beach’s $18,232,400 budget and 70
full-time employees on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast.
In May 2019, the newly seated Riviera
Beach City Council appointed Mr. Evans as its city manager. His return to
Riviera Beach was predicated on the compassion and dedication displayed by the
community and by the staff members with whom he worked in 2017. His priority is
to see the City of Riviera Beach become the community of choice for all who
choose to live, work, and play in Florida’s most premier region. Mr. Evans has
worked with the city council to establish Riviera Beach Vision 2030, which sets
the course for the next 10 years for equal opportunity and access for all who
call Riviera Beach home. Within the City of Riviera Beach, Mr. Evans is
responsible for more than $100 million in budgeted appropriations, as well as
over 400 employees.
Mr. Evans is a full member of the Florida City/County Manager’s Association (FCCMA);
he has served on numerous boards
for this professional organization and serves as an at-large director
on the FCCMA Statewide Board of Directors. In 2019, Mr. Evans served as the secretary-treasurer for the
Palm Beach County/City Management Association (PBCCMA), and in 2020 he was
unanimously appointed to serve as PBCCMA’s vice president. He is slated to
serve as the Association’s president in 2022.
He is also a member
of the International City/County Managers
Association (ICMA) and holds
the Association’s Credentialed Manager designation, an accomplishment achieved by only approximately 1,300 local government professionals throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. Evans is a great
advocate for continuing education and was recently named
a member of the University of Central Florida
Public Administration Advisory Board for the School of Public Administration (SPA). He is also an adjunct professor and a Business Advisory
Board member at Polk State College. Mr. Evans has a
strong understanding of municipal government, a superior work ethic, and a great sense of humor.