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Russ Evans leaving role as prolific public servant

Monday, December 5, 2011

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Retiring public servant Russ Evans shares a piece of his retirement cake with Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray before the start of the December Park Board meeting at City Hall.
After years of wearing more hats than Frank Sinatra or the cast of "Mad Men," Russ Evans is putting the lid on his public service career.

Evans, who began his notable public service legacy as a member of the Bainbridge Volunteer Fire Department while just an 18-year-old in 1971, doused his flame of volunteerism at the December meeting of the Greencastle Park Board.

"After 40 years of public service, I just need a break," Evans told fellow members of the Park Board and Mayor Sue Murray, who was in attendance to read a proclamation declaring it "Russell W. Evans Day."

"Thank you for all your service," the mayor told him.

The meeting marked the end of Evans' eighth year on the Park Board, following a four-year City Council term, during which he represented the Fourth Ward from 2004-07.

The proclamation cited Evans' dedicated service to the City of Greencastle, where he has resided since 1995.

He has also served in such countywide positions as a member of the Putnam County 911 Advisory Committee, Putnam County Convention and Tourism Board, Operation Life Board of Directors, Putnam County Red Cross and Putnam County Firefighters Association.

Evans also has contributed to the community as deputy director of the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) for six years and chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee for six years.

Before moving to Greencastle, Evans was involved with the Bainbridge Fire Department for 23 years and served on the Bainbridge Town Council for eight years. He also was involved in the Bainbridge Youth League, North Putnam Sports Boosters and Tri-County Youth League, chairing or serving as president of all those groups at some point.

"I started my public service career with the Bainbridge Fire Department in 1971, and 40 years later, I'm just tired," Evans said. "I'm going to take some time off."

But there is more to it than that.

Evans also shared a recent run of health concerns, including a two-year bout with cancer "and complications that included three surgeries and a few trips to the ER, and that was just 2009."

"And then this year," he said, there was "the 'mystery lump' and three more surgeries."

Evans said his rule of thumb has been simple over the years.

"I have always tried to do my best," he explained, "and make decisions based on the big picture."

It would seem that is exactly the decision he has made once again.


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Don't forget the many years with the North Putnam Winter Guard. Best of luck to you and your family Russ.

-- Posted by Mystery1 on Mon, Dec 5, 2011, at 9:29 AM

He told me that he and Vicki will continue with their support and work with their "guard family" !!

-- Posted by Blue6 on Mon, Dec 5, 2011, at 2:24 PM

I met Russ and his wife several years ago...where else? Winter Guard. I with the Martinsville HS Group. He and his wife are so dedicated to the kids! and his communities. Last year,what did i see? Russ and wife with both Cloverdale and NP Guards! Take a bow Russ! You deserve it!

-- Posted by alaskaman on Tue, Dec 6, 2011, at 7:34 AM

wow!

-- Posted by Michele1953 on Wed, Dec 7, 2011, at 2:59 PM

Congratulations Russ......Putnam County was blessed to have a person like you for their services you have provided. Job well done. Enjoy your retirement. Go fishing and play lots of golf.

-- Posted by Jclody on Fri, Dec 9, 2011, at 9:44 AM


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