CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—"For me it was an opportunity to give back to the community," said Delphi Mayor Shane Evans.
Evans didn't realize that after completing his law degree back in 2015 that he'd later serve his community as a leader.
"The people of this community are fantastic," said Evans. "They want to help and they just really love this community. I saw that as my opportunity to just give back as well."
Evans said through out his time as mayor the city has achieved a lot for the community.
"We've been able to accomplish quite a bit in the last 4 1/2 years in the City of Delphi in terms of infrastructure projects, in terms of water works and improving our systems," said Evans. "Improving our production rates, transmission rates."
But there's one thing he cherishes the most-
"There are certain families that'll come in every month when they are paying their water bill and their kids will come up and say hello," said Evans.
Connecting with the community is something he says will stick with him forever.
"Just that interaction even if it's just once a month with people that you probably would've never got to see or talk to, those type of things make your heart flutter a little bit," said Evans.
Evans will officially step down as mayor August 16th at 11:59pm. He'll continue serving the community as the Chief Deputy Prosecutor under Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland.
"In high school I actually got to intern at the prosecutors office thinking I would become an attorney and then I had the opportunity to work for Prosecutor McLeland when he was in private practice and I was straight out of law school," said Evans.
It was chance Evans said he couldn't pass up and stepping down as mayor was a bitter sweet decision.
"I am torn because I sincerely love being the mayor of the City of Delphi," said Evans. "The people are fantastic. To have the responsibility that people come to you looking for help is one of the best parts about being mayor."
Mayor Evans said the Delphi City Council is expected to hold a meeting next week in order to appoint his successor.
In the meantime he said he is excited to learn and serve his city in a different capacity with his new position which he'll start August 17th.