BREAKING NEWS: Blowing Rock Town Manager resigns effective November 30

BREAKING NEWS: Blowing Rock Town Manager resigns effective November 30
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By David Rogers. October 15, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Blowing Rock News learned early this evening that Town Manager Ed Evans submitted a letter of resignation to each of the Blowing Rock Town Council members late this afternoon.

COVER IMAGE: Town Manager Ed Evans speaks at a Blowing Rock Town Council meeting in the spring of 2017. Photographic image by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News.

Just over a year and a half on the job, Evans’ tenure will come to an end amid what many consider to have been bewildering decisions by the Blowing Rock Board of Commissioners and obvious dysfunctional behavior by the body as a whole, as well as by individual members of the current Board.

Evans could not be reached for comment and his letter to the Board members does not offer a reason — only that his resignation is effective November 30th and that he is “retiring from local government service” on December 1st. It was not immediately clear if “local government service” meant just Blowing Rock, the High Country, or all government service on behalf of municipalities in all locales.

Evans’ decision does not come as a surprise to local residents and business owners who have watched the deteriorating functionality of the current Board of Commissioners.

Said one observer who asked to remain anonymous, “You are left to wonder when two top Town management positions become vacant within the span of about a month (referring to Evans’ resignation in addition to the recent retirement of Police Chief Tony Jones after only four years on the job). Is the current composition of the Board of Commissioners wearing thin?”

Another observer reacted to the news, “Ed Evans is a good man and an exceptionally professional public manager. He deserved better than what he walked into here in Blowing Rock.”

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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  1. Diana C. Wilcox

    It would have been nice for Ed to have had the opportunity to discuss this decision with his staff in person, rather than them reading about it online.

    1. DavidRogers

      Well, Diana, if there is anyone to blame for that it is us for breaking the story overnight after we learned of it. It is a 24/7/365 digital world we live in, where some of what we previously called professional courtesies have fallen by the wayside. Please accept our apologies if you think we jumped the gun on reporting this.

      1. Diana Wilcox

        David, I understand it’s a 24/7/365 digital world. What I’m saying is that someone who had that information had to give it to you before Ed had the opportunity to talk to his staff, and I think that is extremely disrespectful. But then, the whole situation is pretty distespectful, so I shouldn’t be surprised.


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