Gov. Roy Cooper recently named Wilson County District Attorney Robert A. Evans of the Seventh Judicial District as the new chairman of the Governor’s Crime Commission.
“District Attorney Evans will bring deep knowledge of the justice system and law enforcement along with even-handed judgment to guide the 44 members of the crime commission,” Cooper said. “I’m grateful that D.A. Evans is willing to take on this challenging and crucial role on behalf of our state.”
Evans has been the district attorney for Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe counties since 2009.
The Governor’s Crime Commission serves as the chief advisory body to the governor and the secretary of the N.C. Department of Public Safety on crime and justice issues. The commission sets program priorities and reviews and makes recommendations to the governor for grant awards.
Commission members are leaders in statewide criminal justice and human service agencies, representatives from the courts, law enforcement, local government, the General Assembly, nonprofit agencies, private citizens and youth representatives.
“I am grateful for the opportunity Governor Cooper has given me to serve on the crime commission,” Evans said in a statement. “Those of us who work in the field of criminal justice are committed to developing best practices that primarily promote safe communities and neighborhoods. Equally important is helping to develop and being good stewards of a criminal justice system respected by the citizenry. The work of the Governor’s Crime Commission is critical as we work to meet both current and future challenges. I am excited to join with the outstanding individuals on the commission as we move forward.”
Evans served as a District Court judge from 1999 to 2008. Prior to that time, he maintained a general law practice in Rocky Mount that focused on trial and appellate work.
Evans graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School in 1970. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974, and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977.
Evans has served on numerous civic committees and he is the past president of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, having served as president from 2014 to 2015.
“Governor’s Cooper’s new crime commission will play a critical role in advising the governor on crime and justice issues in our state,” said U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-Wilson. “District Attorney Evans understands the justice and law enforcement system well, especially as it relates to meeting the needs of our state. His extensive experience as district attorney for Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties, as a prior District Court Judge, and as a general practice attorney makes him a great choice to advocate for our state. I look forward to working with Robert in his new role.”