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Evans to resign, Milbrandt to serve as acting director

By Staff | Aug 5, 2020

TIFFANY REPECKI Holly Milbrandt

On Aug. 4, the city accepted the resignation of Sanibel Natural Resources Director James Evans.

He has accepted the position of environmental policy director at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. His resignation is effective Sept. 8.

City Manager Judie Zimomra simultaneously announced that Sanibel Natural Resources Deputy Director Holly Milbrandt will serve as the acting director upon Evans’ departure.

Primary among Evans’ duties was providing recommendations to the city council and regional leaders on water policy issues that affect the coastal resources of Sanibel. He also coordinated with local stakeholders, policy makers, and state and federal agencies to implement the city’s water resource goals and objectives.

Evans joined the city in 2000. He began as the conservation officer and was subsequently promoted to the position of environmental planner and environmental health and water quality specialist prior to becoming department director in 2012. Evans has authored and co-authored scientific research papers, presented his work at professional conferences, and was the primary author of the “Caloosahatchee Watershed Regional Water Management Issues” white paper.

Among the recognitions and awards Evans’ received while serving the city are:

– Special recognition by the Lee Coast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America for Service to Country and Community for contributions to Sanibel’s water quality efforts

– City of Sanibel Employee of the Year 2005

– City of Sanibel Employee of the Quarter 2005

– Coastal America Partnership Award 2002, Sanibel Island Restoration/Management Partnership