LEADERSHIP

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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Valerie Jaynes, Mayor

Town of Newland

Todd McNeill, Commissioner Chair

Ashe County

Doug Matheson, Council Member

Town of Blowing Rock

Dennis Aldridge, Commissioner

Avery County

Paul Robinson Jr., Member

Minority Representative

Bill Osborne, Commissioner Chair

Alleghany County

Charles Vines, Mayor

Town of Bakersville

Brenda Lyerly, Mayor

Town of Banner Elk

Kelly Melang, Council Member

Town of Beech Mountain

Rennie Brantz, Mayor

Town of Boone

Theresa Coletta, Mayor

Town of Burnsville

Eddie Yarber, 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

Wes Brinegar, Mayor

Town of Sparta

Rocky Buchanan, Council Member

Town of Spruce Pine

Gunther Jöchl, Mayor Pro Tem

Village of Sugar Mountain

Larry Turnbow, Commissioner

Watauga County

Tom Hartman, Mayor

Town of West Jefferson

Andrew Soots, Council Member

Town of Wilkesboro

Gary D. Blevins, Commissioner

Wilkes County

Johnny Riddle, Commissioner

Yancey County

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS


Valerie Jaynes

Chairwoman

Valerie Calloway Jaynes currently serves as the Mayor of the Town of Newland. She has served as mayor and has been an active part of the HCCOG Board for 14 years. Valerie was awarded “Outstanding Local Elected Official” by the HCCOG in 2018. She’s an Avery County native that has served her community with 32.5 years of service at Mountain Electric Cooperative, and the Newland Volunteer Fire Department as Secretary for 20 years. Valerie has one daughter, Lauren, who is a current Alderman for the Town of Newland, expecting Valerie’s first grandchild.

“I am so very proud of the direction our region is heading. I feel that the HCCOG is a huge part of local success in the areas of tourism development, local infrastructure, and the creation of job opportunities.”

“I count it an honor to have the opportunity to work alongside the Executive Director of the HCCOG in an effort to promote our beautiful region.”




Todd McNeill

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.




Doug Matheson

Secretary

Doug Matheson is currently a Council Member for the Town of Blowing Rock and has served for 11 years. He has served on the HCCOG board for 3 years. Doug is a native of Watauga county where he retired from the State after 38 years (16 with Appalachian State University). He is also a retired Fire Chief of Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue, having served the department for 30 years. Doug and his wife Barbara have 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

“I’m very honored to be a part of HCCOG and looking forward to working with all members for the continued success of the region.”




Dennis Aldridge

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


Valerie Jaynes, Mayor

Town of Newland

Todd McNeill, Commissioner Chair

Ashe County

Doug Matheson, Council Member

Town of Blowing Rock

Dennis Aldridge, Commissioner

Avery County

Gary D. Blevins, Commissioner

Wilkes County

Rennie Brantz, Mayor

Town of Boone

Robert L. Johnson, Mayor

Town of North Wilkesboro

Brenda Lyerly, Mayor

Town of Banner Elk

Johnny Riddle, Commissioner

Yancey County

Charles E. Vines, Mayor

Town of Bakersville