Harry Evans joined the Austin Fire Department in 1985. With over 29 years in the fire service, Evans served in every rank and worked in nearly every division of the department and was certified in a diverse range of special operations disciplines. He was a member of Texas Task Force 1-Urban Search and Rescue Team and the Capital Area Incident Management Team.
In 2009, Evans was appointed to the rank of Assistant Chief and was named Chief of Staff, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the entire department. He served in that capacity until his retirement in January of 2015.
He is now a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Research in Water Resources for the University of Texas at Austin.