The City of Houston has named Brad Evans its new economic developer.

Evans, a sergeant with the Houston Police Department, was selected from three finalists who were interviewed Monday night. He fills a position that has been vacant since January 2017. His first day is March 5.

Evans, 36, is the city’s second head of economic development. Ron Reed held the position from 1999 until he resigned at the beginning of 2017.

“I believe the economic development position is vital to the success of the City of Houston,” Evans said. ” I want to see Houston grow and flourish with new opportunities for our citizens and our youth. I want to see members of all generations and organizations working together to make Houston the best community possible.”

Evans said he hopes to focus not only on job creation, but education and recreational opportunities as well as affordable housing.

“I want to work closely with business owners and community leaders to bring new opportunities to our community,” Evans said. ” I want to open up lines of communication between members of the community and the city to see what their needs are and how the city can assist in those needs. I don’t see economic development as just the development of jobs, I see it as community development.”

A 2000 Licking High School graduate who was raised in Raymondville, Evans received an associate of science degree in 2002 from Drury University and peace officer certification in 2003. He earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice in 2011 from Drury.

Evans had two stints with Houston police: the first from December 2003 until May 2006 and the second from 2008 until now. He was promoted to sergeant in October 2015 and was supervisor of five full-time and six reserve officers.

Evans has worked in lawn maintenance and landscaping since 2005 – operating independently the past three years – and previously worked in a management role with Houston Walmart as well as 1 ½ years as a water maintenance worker for the City of Houston.

Evans lives in Houston with his wife, Melanie, and two children, Katy and Kaleb. He is a member of the media team at Faith Fellowship and is a board member with Texas County Emergency System 911 and Houston Parks and Recreation.

“I truly love Houston and love that I have the opportunity to raise my family here,” Evans said. “I’m proud to be a member of this community. I am excited to start this new chapter of my continuing service to the City of Houston.”

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