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    Thumbs up Holy Crap! ACFD B/C becomes Mayor!

    Hopefully this will end the nonsensical shennanigans that have embroiled AC City hall.

    http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/t...-7417885c.html

    Scott Evans is Atlantic City's new mayor
    By DEREK HARPER Staff Writer, 609-272-7203
    Published: Thursday, November 22, 2007

    ATLANTIC CITY - Now it's Mayor Evans.

    Deputy City Clerk Rhonda Williams swore in city firefighter Scott K. Evans as the resort's third mayor in seven weeks at about 8:10 p.m. Wednesday after City Council approved him by a 6-2 vote.

    Evans, 42, is a battalion fire chief who lives seven blocks from former Mayor Bob Levy in the resort's Venice Park neighborhood. He has worked for the city fire service since December 1987, stationed at Indiana and Baltic Avenues.

    Resort public safety officials are relatively well compensated, so Evans' pay will decrease while he holds the city's top job. His fire job currently pays $118,604. His mayoral base pay will be $97,850.

    Evans has said he would take a year's leave from the fire department to serve a term that expires when November 2008's vote is certified. An election will be held next year for the final year of Levy's term. Evans has said he does not plan to run for it.

    He promised to come to work every day in his term and listen to the people's concerns. He also promised to work to establish a good relationship with City Council. While he will hold office for just a year, he wanted to assure residents and developers that his will be a stable government.

    "There is no doubt that this will be difficult, but I will be able to meet the challenge," he said.

    The resort has played mayoral merry-go-round since Levy resigned Oct. 10.

    His resignation came after a two-week disappearance that led him to be dubbed the "missing mayor." His attorney Edwin J. Jacobs eventually disclosed that Levy spent a week in a northern New Jersey hospital detoxing from overprescribed pain and psychiatric medication before returning home. Jacobs cited that and the stress of a federal investigation into his military records when Levy resigned.

    City Council President William Marsh served as acting mayor in the interim. At Wednesday's meeting, Marsh thanked people who helped him and encouraged civility and common sense in city government.

    "Since Oct. 10, it has been a fast ride for me. And the thing that I found out was that communication gets things done," said Marsh, who has said he will run for mayor next year. "All you've got to do is talk to people. You don't have to file a lawsuit." He was given a 15-second standing ovation at the end of his short speech.

    His term ended with a flurry of business that included settling contracts with resort police and fire officials. Contracts were unavailable Wednesday night, but Marsh said they called for the fire department and police superior officers to receive four years of 4 percent raises. Rank and file police would receive five years of 4 percent raises. Marsh also said he promoted eight police officers Wednesday, including five sergeants and one captain, lieutenant and deputy chief.

    At a meeting Oct. 17, Atlantic City Democrats picked city Business Administrator Domenic Cappella, fireman Scott Evans and former City Councilwoman Barbara Hudgins to succeed Levy. But the voting drew charges of unfairness when Evans, the city party chairman, did not consider all nominations before the vote.

    The state Democratic Committee and city Committeeman John Devlin appealed the decision in court. But Superior Court Judge Valerie H. Armstrong ruled that the state Legislature intentionally did not regulate how a party is supposed to pick names. To rule otherwise, she said, would be to rewrite law. Both she and appellate judges refused emergency requests to stay tonight's meeting pending an appeal.

    Evans has been politically active for years.

    He served as vice president of the city firefighters union Local 198. In 2005, he helped former Mayor Bob Levy secure its key endorsement after the union tussled with former Mayor Lorenzo Langford for several years over its expired contract. An arbitrator settled that and the city police contract in October 2006.

    Evans has served on the city school board since April 2006. He won election with the backing of and is seen as close to the Callaway organization, friends and family of former City Council President Craig Callaway, who is serving a 40-month federal prison sentence for corruption.

    Evans also defeated City Councilman Marty Small in May to assume the chairmanship of the Atlantic City Democratic Committee. Callaway controlled that seat, and its ability to fund campaigns, until shortly after his August 2006 bribery confession.

    At Wednesday's meeting, the council first voted down Cappella by a 6-2 margin. Only Council Members Joyce Mollineaux and John Schultz backed him. Councilman Bruce Ward did not attend the meeting.

    When the council voted 6-2 for Evans, only Councilmembers Marty Small and William Marsh voted no. Both later said they were voting against the process rather than the candidates. While Marsh said he would have voted no on all of them, Small said he would have voted for Hudgins.

    When the council approved Evans, it made the resolution to appoint Hudgins moot. The retired 70-year-old math teacher also was nominated but not appointed to two separate City Council positions last year that opened up in the wake of council members admitting they took bribes and resigning.

    Cappella and Hudgins attended Wednesday's meeting. When the council approved Evans, the approximately 45 people in City Hall's council chambers stood and looked around - where was he?

    Evans was at O'Grady's bar and restaurant in Lower Chelsea, where city Democrats were meeting in the event that the council did not act. When he got the call, he walked jubilantly upstairs to a meeting room, to the cheers of about 20 of the 52 city Democratic Committee members who waited for word.

    In a brief statement, Evans thanked the group for its support and said his selection was just the beginning of a rebirth of Atlantic City. "This has been a process that was pretty much new, but this was a process we believe in," he said, adding that the city followed the letter of the law in the process.

    "You're part of the mayor's office," Evans said. "This is what makes it happen."

    "Just remember the people!" one woman called out.

    A city police SUV ferried him to City Hall.

    Most council members did not stick around to see Evans's swearing-in. Councilman Gene Robinson, Mollineaux and Small watched Evans's girlfriend, Renee Stone, hold a Bible for his oath.

    Small later discounted the apparent snub. He said City Council President William Marsh congratulated him and gave Evans the keys and City Hall security access codes before he left. Others left during the 15-minute lull between the council vote Evans' arrival.

    Cappella briefly took Evans and family members to the seventh-floor mayor's office to let them look around. Cappella is expected to remain as business administrator, where his nearly six years of serving in city leadership may mean a major role for him in Evans' administration.

    Evans returned in a caravan to O'Grady's, where 20 city party members had buffalo wings and apple juice.

    Evans said he planned to come in Friday and start getting a handle on work that included considering top staffers, major issues and planning meetings with City Council. "I'm not going to do this alone," he said. "I can't do this alone."

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    Hopefully this will end the nonsensical shennanigans that have embroiled AC City hall.
    Your joking right?

    Evans has said he does not plan to run for it.
    He's there for what, maybe 1 year and then back out. Would you really expect 1 year to be enough time to change a single thing in AC?

    He served as vice president of the city firefighters union Local 198. In 2005, he helped former Mayor Bob Levy secure its key endorsement after the union tussled with former Mayor Lorenzo Langford for several years over its expired contract. An arbitrator settled that and the city police contract in October 2006.

    Evans has served on the city school board since April 2006. He won election with the backing of and is seen as close to the Callaway organization, friends and family of former City Council President Craig Callaway, who is serving a 40-month federal prison sentence for corruption.

    Evans also defeated City Councilman Marty Small in May to assume the chairmanship of the Atlantic City Democratic Committee. Callaway controlled that seat, and its ability to fund campaigns, until shortly after his August 2006 bribery confession.
    Some good "alliances" here.


    Most council members did not stick around to see Evans's swearing-in.
    Yup, at least he has his fellow council members support.


    Hey, wish him luck. Maybe, just maybe, AC will rise from the $h*t-hole it is.
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    I do not know Chief Evans. In fact, I never heard of him before last week. But let me ask you a question. Did you read the whole article?

    This guy is not a knight on a white horse riding in to save the day. He is another career politician that has been working in the historically corrupt system for many years. This certainly does not mean that Chief Evans is corrupt. But I would not expect one single thing to be different one year from today.
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