Anti-poverty Agency Names Businessman As Director

October 13, 1991|By Arthur Hirsch | Arthur Hirsch,Staff writer

After a two-year national search for a new Community Action Agency director, the board has picked a leader from its own back yard: DallasEvans, Annapolis businessman and prominent Republican.

Evans, 40,was chosen by the board of directors Thursday night to succeed Yevola Peters, who has headed the county's anti-poverty agency since 1975.Evans said late Friday afternoon that he had not spoken with any member of the board about the vote and has "heard only rumors" about thedecision.

For two years, the board has been looking for a replacement for Peters, 56. In October 1989, she announced she would step down from the position on June 30, 1990. She said she planned to open a consulting business.

Peters agreed to stay, however, when the board could not find a replacement. In May, the board picked as successor a man from Savannah, Ga., but he declined the position.

"Since then, it's been sort of month to month," Peters said.

It was not clear Fridaywhen Peters would step down if Evans accepts the job. The board president, the Rev. Ralph Abernethy, could not be reached late Friday afternoon.

Should he accept the position, Evans would preside over a 26-year-old agency with a $3.3 million annual budget that administersprograms designed to help impoverished families, youngsters, elderlyand homeless people. The agency helps people find apartments, develops low-priced homes and runs fuel-assistance and home-weatherization programs.

Evans, who holds a master's degree in business administration from American University in Washington, D.C., is president of the Chesapeake Investment Group Inc., a real estate investment, construction and property management firm based in Annapolis. Evans serves on the board of trustees of Morgan State University and chairs the county Planning Advisory Board, a citizens panel that advises county government on capital projects and land-use planning. Evans serves on the Annapolis City Republican Central Committee and chaired the District 30 Republican presidential campaign in 1988.

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