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 currently serves as chairman of the Ashe County Board of Commissioners. He began his tenure as commissioner in January 2018, being appointed to fill a vacancy, then was elected for his first 4 year term the following November. He has served as chairman of the Ashe County Board since December 2018. Todd, a small business owner and entrepreneur, and his wife Maggie live in the Grassy Creek community of Ashe County. They have 4 children; Henry 11, Libby Jean 6, Sarah Lane 4 and Beau 2. Todd grew up in Ashe County, attending Ashe Central High School and later graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in public relations.
“The collaboration of local governments throughout the High Country region continues to make our corner of North Carolina an even better place to live and work. Serving Ashe County and the High Country is one of the greatest honors of my life!”
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.”
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.