LEADERSHIP

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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Johnny Riddle, Commissioner

Yancey County

Valerie Jaynes, Mayor

Town of Newland

Mark Evans, Commissioner

Alleghany County

Chris Jones, Council Member

Town of Sparta

Paul Robinson Jr., Member

Minority Representative

Todd McNeill, Commissioner

Ashe County

Dennis Aldridge, Commissioner

Avery County

Charles Vines, Mayor

Town of Bakersville

Brenda Lyerly, Mayor

Town of Banner Elk

Renee Castiglione, Mayor

Town of Beech Mountain

Doug Matheson, Council Member

Town of Blowing Rock

Rennie Brantz, Mayor

Town of Boone

Theresa Coletta, Mayor

Town of Burnsville

Jesse C. Smith, Mayor

Town of Crossnore

Joel Whitley, Mayor Pro Tem

Town of Elk Park

Mark Johnston, Alderman

Town of Jefferson

Jim Blevins, Alderman

Town of Lansing

Vern Grindstaff, Commissioner

Mitchell County

Robert L. Johnson, Mayor

Town of North Wilkesboro

Sandra P. Simmons, Commissioner

Town of Ronda

Larry Fontaine, Mayor

Town of Seven Devils

Darla Harding, Mayor

Town of Spruce Pine

Gunther Jöchl, Mayor Pro Tem

Village of Sugar Mountain

Larry Turnbow, Commissioner

Watauga County

Dale Baldwin, Mayor

Town of West Jefferson

Russell Ferree, Mayor Pro Tem

Town of Wilkesboro

Gary D. Blevins, Commissioner

Wilkes County

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS


Johnny Riddle

Chairman

Johnny Riddle currently serves on the Yancey County Board of Commissioners, and has served for 10 years (8 as Chair). He’s a Yancey County native and has been a small business owner for 28 years. For 30 years he has been married to his high school sweetheart Janet, and together they have two daughters, Anne and Molly.

“I really enjoy working with the different organizations that come together to make up our small county. It takes collaboration and a lot of thinking outside the box to keep small local government working for the betterment of its citizens. That collaboration is exactly what I enjoy seeing happen in our region due largely in part to HCCOG. The COG is a great organization to be a part of and one that I take very seriously.”




Valerie Jaynes

Vice-Chair

The Vice Chair shall perform all the duties of the Chair in the absence of the Chair, or in the event of the inability of the Chair to act, and, the Vice Chair shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Executive Board.




Mark Evans

Secretary

The Secretary shall assist the Clerk to the Board with keeping or arranging for the keeping of minutes of all regular and special meetings of the Executive Board, including a record of all votes on questions before the Board. The Secretary shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Executive Board.




Chris Jones

Treasurer

The Treasurer shall assist the Finance Officer in: Overseeing arrangement for financial transactions, and assuring a special bank account is maintained in the name of High Country Council of Governments; Preparing a monthly expenditure report, giving a summary of expenditures for the month and the total percent expended for the fiscal year to date; and ensuring that the accounts of the Council are submitted for audit each year as required by NC General Statutes 159-34 and grantor agencies of the Federal Government.



ADVISORY COMMITTEE


Johnny Riddle, Commissioner

Yancey County

Valerie Jaynes, Mayor

Town of Newland

Mark Evans, Commissioner

Alleghany County

Chris Jones, Council Member

Town of Sparta

Robert L. Johnson, Mayor

Town of North Wilkesboro

Rennie Brantz, Mayor

Town of Boone

Dale Baldwin, Mayor

Town of West Jefferson

Charles E. Vines, Mayor

Town of Bakersville

Gary D. Blevins, Commissioner

Wilkes County

Brenda Lyerly, Mayor

Town of Banner Elk