Beech Mountain’s Town Council voted unanimously Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 to hire Ed Evans, who has worked as Seven Devils Town Manager since April 2009, to take the helm as their new Town Manager. In their search for a qualified candidate, the Town Council recognized the positive momentum that the Town has gained in moving towards its goals and sought a leader capable of sustaining and leveraging this momentum to continue making Beech Mountain a wonderful place to be in the High Country.
Ed Evans stood out among candidates with his extensive education, experience, and character.Ed holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Planning and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from Appalachian State University. In addition to these degrees, Ed has furthered his education in the field of Local Government development and administration by earning a Certified Zoning Official (CZO) designation and pursuing a certification as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).
As the Town Manager for Seven Devils, Ed has hands-on experience in managing a resort town and tourist destination in the mountains of Western North Carolina. He is familiar with the numerous unique challenges faced in such communities and has succeeded in many of the same roles he will play in Beech Mountain. His work included extensive involvement with areas such as public relations, grant writing, and project management. These strengths will be advantageous to Beech Mountain as the Town continues to implement its long-range Comprehensive Plan and the recommendations of the Beech Mountain Water and Sewer Study.
Perhaps most importantly, Ed has demonstrated character and the ability to lead others through his distinguished service in the U.S. Marine Corps and his leadership of the Town of Seven Devils. In his role with Seven Devils, Ed successfully cultivated productive working relationships with his staff, elected officials, and the community which enabled the Town to improve services while maintaining sound fiscal policies.
Ed’s diverse and extensive background and experiences make him exceptionally qualified to lead Beech Mountain as the Town continues to move onward with its current and future projects and programs. He will assume his duties as Beech Mountain’s Town Manager beginning Monday, October 19, 2015.