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Evans reelected to third term as Mississippi State Legislative Board Chairman

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, February 16 — Brother W.D. (Billy) Evans was reelected by acclamation to his third term as Chairman of the Mississippi State Legislative Board during its quadrennial meeting in Biloxi, Miss., January 29-31, 2017.

In 1995, Brother Evans hired out as a brakeman for the Illinois Central at Jackson, Miss. He earned promotion to locomotive engineer in October of 1997 and joined BLET Division 203 (Jackson, Miss.) on April 1, 1998. A Canadian National-Illinois Central locomotive engineer, he has served as Chairman of the Mississippi State Legislative Board since 2009.

Also elected by acclamation were: 1st Vice Chairman J. Norman Steward, Division 23 (Southaven, Miss.); 2nd Vice Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer Lanie M. Keith, Division 593 (Meridian, Miss.); and Alternate Secretary-Treasurer James L. Johnson Jr., Division 450 (Columbus, Miss.). Elected by acclamation to serve as the Audit Committee were: James L. Johnson Jr., Division 450 (Columbus, Miss.); Denver F. Dickens, Division 203 (Jackson, Miss.); and Danny L. Grimes, Division 919 (Amory, Miss.).

“I am proud to offer my congratulations to Brother Billy Evans and all officers of the Mississippi State Legislative Board,” BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce said. “I commend them for the sacrifice they have made in taking time from their busy lives to serve our Brotherhood. I have every confidence that these Brothers will continue to do an excellent job representing the best interests of our membership throughout the proud state of Mississippi.”

Special guests in attendance were: Clay E. Craddock, General Chairman, Canadian National-Illinois Central General Committee of Adjustment (CN-IC GCA); and Arlin S. Todd, Chairman of the Arkansas State Legislative Board.

Brother Evans is an active and involved BLET member. In addition to serving as the Mississippi State Legislative Board Chairman, he also is Local Chairman of Division 203, a position he has held since 2004. He also was elected to serve as 1st Vice Chairman of the CN-IC GCA, an office he was first elected to in 2012 and then reelected to in 2016. In 2008, he was elected 3rd Vice Chairman of the CN-IC GCA. During his nearly 19 years of BLET membership, Brother Evans also has served his Division as Vice Local Chairman and Alternate Secretary-Treasurer.

The BLET’s Mississippi State Legislative Board represents approximately 350 members in seven different Local Divisions.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
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