Steve Griffin, Deseret News
Hot air balloons start to launch above Bulldog Field during Provo's Balloon Festival as part of America's Freedom Festival in Provo on Monday, July 2, 2018. A former Orem mayor has been named the executive director of America's Freedom Festival.

PROVO — A former Orem mayor has been named the executive director of America's Freedom Festival at Provo.

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The Daily Herald reports that Jim Evans will take over the private, nonprofit foundation that organizes educational programs and annual community events.

The newspaper reports that Evans is already the organization's president and will take over the executive director role from Paul Warner, who is retiring.

Evans says he plans to retire this spring as chief operating officer and senior vice president of Xactware.

The foundation's website describes it as promoting "traditional American values of God, family, freedom and country."