Deputy City Manager Michele R. Evans is retiring after three decades of service to the City of Alexandria, effective August 1.
“In her 37-year tenure in Alexandria, Michele Evans has been a tremendous asset to the City, possessing a wealth of knowledge and understanding about the City, its history, and its people,” said City Manager Rashad M. Young. “Her love for Alexandria and her longtime presence in our community exemplifies what public service is all about, and has enriched and inspired us all.”
As Deputy City Manager, Evans oversees the City's public safety agencies, the Office of Human Rights and the General Services Department. During her tenure, she has had oversight of the former Office of Citizen Assistance (now Community Relations), Office of Human Rights and the Legislative Director. She has served as the City Manager's Liaison to the Office of Sheriff, the Alexandria Courthouse agencies, the Alexandria Health Department, Office on Women, Library, Electoral Board/Registrar of Voters, the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter and Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, and Inova Alexandria Hospital.
Evans also represents the City Manager on a number of regional, state and local boards and commissions, including the Alexandria Emergency Medical Services Council, the Alexandria Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the Alexandria Gang Prevention Task Force, the Alexandria Quality of Life Committee, the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy Board of Directors (vice chairman), the Peumansend Creek Regional Jail Authority, City Council-INOVA Alexandria Hospital Task Force and the City Council Naming Committee.
Over three decades of service with the City, Evans has seen Alexandria evolve from a city of about 100,000 residents to a growing urban center of more than 150,000 people. During her career she assisted, and helped manage, the planning and development of the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, the move of the Alexandria Health Department to its current location on 4480 King Street, the Charles E. Beatley Central Library, the new Alexandria Police Headquarters Building and the award winning Fire Station 209, located in Potomac Yard. She has also been active in City and community activities, including the Alexandria Police Memorial Project and breast cancer awareness programs like the City’s Walk to Fight Breast Cancer.
“I have truly enjoyed working for the City of Alexandria,” Evans said. “As a member of the City Manager’s staff, I have had the opportunity to work with many talented and committed appointed and elected officials, City staff, and community members. While I will miss working with my many colleagues, I am looking forward to spending more time with my family members, working in my garden--and just relaxing.”