Hugh R. Evans III, the general counsel to the secretary of state and a highly regarded public servant, passed away on Thursday, according to the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office. He was 66.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill confirmed Evans’ passing in a statement released Friday.
Evans served as general counsel to the Secretary of State Office beginning in 2018, having served as general counsel for the Alabama Ethics Commission for over two decades before his appointment.
After earning his juris doctorate from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University in 1987, Evans joined the Alabama Bar the following year and earned admittance to practice in all Alabama State Courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Working for Judge Charles Price of the 15th Judicial Circuit from 1987 to 1989, Evans would later become a city attorney for Montgomery and serve the Montgomery Inn of Court from 1989 to 1992.
The same year he became a city attorney, he taught as an adjunct instructor for the Montgomery Police Academy until 1992. That year, he joined the Brannan and Guy P.C law firm and worked there until 1995.
In 1995, Evans began work at the Alabama Ethics Commission, retiring in 2018 as the commission’s general counsel.
Evans joined the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office in 2018 during the beginning of Merrill’s second term.
“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,” Merrill said in the statement on Friday. “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.”
Evans is survived by his son, Hugh Raymond Evans IV [Jessica]; daughter, Amanda Kay Evans Johns [Daniel]; sister, Russell Evans Lee; brothers, Wyatt Evans and Clint Evans; and his grandsons, Sawyer, Quinn, Ripley, and Hampton.