SARASOTA COUNTY – Assistant County Administrator Jonathan Evans has accepted a position as the city manager in Riviera Beach, Fla.
Evans’ contract with the city, located in Palm Beach County, is scheduled for review and approval by the Riviera Beach City Council on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
“We wish Jonathan all the best in his new role with the City of Riviera Beach, and we thank him for his public service to Sarasota County,” said County Administrator Tom Harmer.
Evans joined Sarasota County Government in August 2016 as an assistant county administrator overseeing the Community Development/Infrastructure departments: Planning and Development Services; Public Utilities; Public Works; Sarasota County Area Transit; and Business and Economic Development. During his tenure, he was part of the county’s efforts to extend The Legacy Trail and launch the Siesta Key circulator pilot project.
“As I embark on this new journey, I’m eternally grateful for the opportunities that Sarasota County has provided me,” Evans said. “From the County Administrator Tom Harmer, my peers Steve Botelho and Mark Cunningham, to the department directors and all the field personnel, I am truly humbled to have served alongside each and every one of you. This next chapter in my life will provide me with an opportunity to utilize the skills and attributes that I refined here in Sarasota County.”
Evans said he is excited about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in Riviera Beach.
“I know that being a city manager is what comes naturally to me and that this move will allow me to continue to learn and grow in the profession,” Evans said.
“We felt that with his experience at Sarasota County, his expertise, his education and his credentials, he is well qualified to improve our city’s stature and lead us into a new era,” said Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas A. Masters.
Evans’ final day with Sarasota County is March 3.
“We want our community to know that we are committed to providing excellent customer service, and we expect the transition to be as seamless as possible,” Harmer said.
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