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EVANS LEAVING W.V. COUNCIL TO SERVE AN LDS MISSION

Councilman Gordon Evans, District 3, has tendered his resignation to the city.

Evans, 66, has been called on an LDS Church mission. He's nearing the end of his second term on the council, which expires the first week of January."I have some regrets (about resigning), but I hope people understand why I'm doing it," Evans said. "The church doesn't encourage doing missions after 70, so it's necessary I do it now. Within a few years, that age will have passed."

Evans and his wife will serve an 18-month mission in Johannesburg, South Africa. They arrive at the mission home in Provo May 15. His last scheduled council meeting is May 4.

"I have the highest regard for the council and city administration," Evans said. "I've had a wonderful time on the council."

Evans told the council his intentions at the end of March, and the announcement was publicized during a council meeting Tuesday. He said his written resignation, effective May 9 at midnight, will likely be submitted Thursday or Friday.

In the meantime, the City Council has announced it is accepting resume applications from registered residents of District 3. Resume's should be submitted to the city recorder's office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. Interviews start April 20, with the new member appointed May 9.

Evans said he "wouldn't like to comment (on running again)." But he said in four years, if he thinks someone is doing a good job in his old position, he won't even entertain the thought.