Secretary of State John Merrill announced the passing of Hugh R. Evans, III. Evans passed away on Thursday, November 17, with over 25 years of public service as a well-respected attorney.

At the time of his death, Evans was serving as general counsel to the Secretary of State’s office. Before taking that position, Evans worked for over 22 years providing counsel to staff and commissioners at the Alabama Ethics Commission. He also worked with elected officials in all levels of government throughout the state, as well as with media partners and citizens.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my friend and colleague Hugh Evans,” Merrill said in a statement. “The thoughts of everyone at the Secretary of State’s Office are with Hugh’s family and friends, and we extend our deepest sympathies to them. Hugh joined our team in 2018, and he made an indelible mark on who our office is today. It was a great privilege to know him personally and to work alongside him over the last four years. Hugh was known and respected throughout the state of Alabama for his achievements.”

After graduating from the Jones School of Law with a juris doctor in 1987, Evans practiced in Alabama State Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He also served as the city attorney for Montgomery, and an adjunct instructor for the Montgomery Police Academy, among other positions during his career.

He leaves behind his two children, Hugh Evans, IV, and Amanda Kay Evans Johns, and four grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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