It’s been said of Alderman Jerry Evans that he was a voice for the common man on the town board, that whenever an issue or major expenditure came before the board, he stuck up for the taxpayers and always evaluated the cost versus the benefits to the people. He never bought into the need to glamorize the position that he had achieved in local government, or bought into the need for appearances over substance in fulfilling the board’s obligations to the townspeople. In this respect, Jerry Evans wasn’t common at all. He never flinched from going against the grain and sticking up for the rights of the “little guy” — the powerless and disenfranchised — even when the rest of the board was stuck in the increasingly common “groupthink” mentality that has overwhelmed so many of the boards of local government.
In doing so, Evans voiced a lot of ‘no’ votes when most of the board chose to just go along to get along. He made up his own mind on the issues before him. He didn’t let anyone tell him how to vote, and it made him a valuable asset to the town.