Dr. Evans served in city management in the California cities of Sunnyvale, Fresno, Orange, Eureka, and Glendora for over 30 years. He served as City Manager and Executive Director of Redevelopment in Eureka and Glendora for 15 of those years. Since retirement, he has served as the part-time Executive Director of the Southern California Institute for Local Government, where he has also served as a management consultant and workshop provider. He has also taught business and public administration as a part-time instructor at California State University, Long Beach; California State University, Fullerton; and Cal Poly Pomona.
Dr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in Executive Management from the Claremont Graduate University, where he also earned an executive master of busines administration degree and master of arts degree in Executive Management. He also holds a master of arts degree in Political Science (Public Administration) from San Jose State University. His bachelor of science degree is in Industrial Technology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has also completed postgraduate work in Information Science at the Claremont Graduate University and holds a certificate in Website Design and Administration from University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Evans is also a certified peer assessor to assist in the self-assessment process of Fire Departments through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.
“I really want to express my appreciation for this work that’s been done in a collaborative way in which the study was put together. . . . I’ve seen a number of studies start in the fire department and this is the first one I can remember that has actually been fully completed and brought to the council, and it was done in a very thorough fashion. This is the best assemblage of comprehensive information about the fire department today, as well as what our needs might be in the future, that I have seen. So thanks to everyone. Thank you, Stewart, for giving us our money’s worth on our consultant contract with you.”
City Manager City of San Luis Obispo
“I am really, really impressed. I am impressed at the exhaustiveness of your study, impressed at the honesty and candor with which you expressed your findings; I am very impressed at the constructive tone of it, and that you came in under budget as well. So, thank you very much. I think that this document is going to be a cornerstone for us really moving forward for the next five, ten, twenty [years], half a century.”
Salt Lake City Council Meeting
“I wanted to offer my compliments to Citygate, to Mr. Gary for this very comprehensive report.”
San Luis Obispo Council Member
“I really, really enjoyed reading your Word product. I appreciate the fact that it was direct, it was constructive, and . . . it wasn’t finger-pointing, it was just . . . the facts. And I think that the money was well spent.”
Salt Lake City Council Meeting
“Thank you very much for a comprehensive report. Thank you.”
“I was absolutely thrilled with the report because it was very comprehensive, very detailed. I call it the ‘time-in-motion study’ almost and some of the aspects [are] ‘how does your paper flow? How can you make your processes better? . . . As a government agency, how can we provide better service to the constituents?’ And to us we think that this study identifies those things down to all of the small paper processes and flows.”
Retired City Manager City of Vista, CA
“Thank you so much for this training. This was the best PIO training I’ve ever received.”
S-403 Information Officer class participant
“Thank you so much for all you have done. And it’s so comprehensive, I know it’s going to take a while for us to digest it all, but I think you’ve come up with some really good recommendations.”
Pro Tempore City of Vista, CA
“I think Citygate has done a great job. It seems like you’ve been most thorough and even-handed in your evaluations and you’ve given us certainly a lot of suggestions and guidelines to work with.”
City of Vista, CA
“I think this is one of the most comprehensive reports and I think probably one of the best presented reports I’ve seen in my years in government service. I want to start off by commending you for that and acknowledge that the work that you were able to do with cooperation from all of the different firefighting agencies in this region was second-to-none.”
Supervisor First District San Diego County