Maricopa has a new city manager, taking a finalist away from neighboring city Goodyear.
Huntsville, Texas, City Manager Kevin Evans was one of four finalists interviewed in November for the city manager’s job in Goodyear. That city, said media relations director Nora Fascenelli, is still in the selection process.
Goodyear City Attorney Rorick Massey said Maricopa’s move to hire Evans would not set off a bidding war.
“There wouldn’t be a counter-offer,” Massey said. He declined to say whether Goodyear had tendered an initial offer to Evans.
Maricopa offered a three-year deal to Evans worth $156,950 annually, plus $400 per month for travel expenses and a maximum of six months housing supplement worth up to $12,000 total. The contract, which was approved unanimously by the City Council Dec. 19, calls for Evans to begin work in Maricopa on Jan. 21.
Maricopa Mayor Kelly Anderson said using Ralph Anderson and Associates helped bring to Maricopa several finalists that were both experienced and well-versed in the areas of transportation and economic development.
“It was good for council to have almost a mini-retreat to ask really good questions (of the candidates),” Anderson said. “We asked hard questions on what the transition from Texas to Arizona would be like and he told us 'a city is a city.’ It’s obvious he has great experience on the lobbying side, which we’re going to need.”
Evans has more than 30 years experience in municipal government, working for most of his career in his home state of Texas. He served as city manager in Shamrock, Electra, Seymour and Athens, Texas and Ardmore, Okla., before his job in Huntsville, which he has held since January 2004. He also served for nearly four years as president of the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor Coalition.
Evans holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from West Texas A&M and was designated as a certified economic developer by the International Economic Development in 1994. He is married and has five children.