I am hopeful that newly appointed
Atlantic City Mayor Scott Evans is sincere in his opening pledges to the
citizens of Atlantic City.
Evans has just under one year to
make a difference.
And, let's be honest, he has a
really tough act to follow.
Immediate past Mayor William
"Speedy" Marsh did more in 7 weeks then any elected official I have ever
Mayor Marsh will seek
the position, again and this basically begins immediately. The June primary
will be here before you know it.
At this point, I am going to take
Mayor Evans at his word.
Evans says that he understands
that he was not elected by the people. He acknowledged the added burden that
this places upon him in terms of legitimacy.
However, he has been given a once
in a lifetime opportunity, without even having to run for office. Without being
properly vetted by the public in terms of determining suitability or
qualification ... He has received custody of the highest office in Atlantic
It is a sacred trust. Evans must
rise above how he got to where he is now ... He also has another heavy burden
... Evans is very closely aligned to Craig Callaway ... This is a huge negative
... However, Evans can very quickly remove this cloud by his deeds.
This will all become apparent in
the very near future.
I'm betting on Evans at this point
to rise above all of this and spend the next year making a positive difference.
It's not only the smart thing to do ... It's the right thing to do ... Also,
wouldn't be a whole lot better to return to your superior officer position
within the fire department ... with people saying what a high quality, good job
you did ... rather then, the opposite?
Also, on the point of the board of
education seat ... You can not serve as Mayor and the school board ... even
under these circumstances ... In fact, Evans should have resigned from the
Atlantic City Board of Education prior to taking his Oath of Office as
There is no such thing as a Leave
That seat needs to be
promptly filled by appointment of the Board of