Lula Councilman Vince Evans has resigned, citing “personal reasons.”
Evans was first elected in 2015 and had started his first four-year term on Jan. 1, 2016. He submitted his resignation to Mayor Jim Grier on Saturday, Aug. 11. The resignation was announced at Lula’s Monday, Aug. 13 City Council work session.
“I thank the citizens of Lula and wish the City much progress under present leadership,” Evans, who represented southwest Lula, said in his resignation letter.
Joseph Homans, Lula’s city attorney, said Monday that a special election to fill Evans’ seat could not be held in conjunction with the Nov. 6 statewide general election because the 90-day cutoff date had already passed. Lula could hold its own special election entirely separate from all other ballot issues in the general election, but that may create voter confusion and lead to low turnout.
The next available special election date would be March 19, 2019, Homans said. The council will discuss the special election at their Monday, Aug. 20 meeting.
Grier said that while he had only worked with Evans for a few months — Grier took office in January — he enjoyed hearing Evans’ input and having him as a councilmember.
“I have appreciated his service and dedication,” Grier said. “He’s always been here and made a great effort to be at the meetings. … I’m just a little surprised at the suddenness of his departure.”
Grier said he did not have any details about why Evans chose to resign.
City Manager Dennis Bergin also said he had enjoyed working with Evans.
“It was a pleasure to have him work with us. I’m disappointed to see him make some changes, but we respect that and we wish him well,” Bergin said.
Evans was raised in Gainesville but has lived in Lula for more than three decades, according to Lula’s website. He previously worked for the city of Gainesville, including as the superintendent of the solid waste division and the manager of Alta Vista Cemetery.