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There are 100 counties in North Carolina and each one has a Board of Commissioners. In Buncombe County we have a seven member Board serving staggered four-year terms. They are elected by the people in partisan elections.

In Buncombe County the Chairman is elected separately and also serves a four-year term. The Board oversees all the departments in the County through a County Manager form of government. The Board sets policy that is carried out by the County Manager.

The Commissioners enact policies such as establishment of the property tax rate, regulation of erosion control, noise and subdivisions outside municipal jurisdiction, and adoption of the annual budget.

Commissioners meet at 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 200 College Street, Suite 326 in downtown Asheville.

Upcoming meeting Agenda is available online.

Our County Commissioners

David Gantt - Chairman

David Gantt, a local attorney, is serving his fifth term on the Commission, his second as Chairman. He is dedicated to finding new jobs for Buncombe County, providing full funding for education, and advocating for the working people and environment of our community.

Private Business Info: 82 Church St., Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 252-2852

David Gantt, Chairman

Holly Jones - District 1

Holly Jones has served on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners since 2008. Commissioner Jones represents Buncombe County on the following boards and commissions: French Broad Metropolitan Planning Organization (transportation), Smart Start, and the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. Commissioner Jones spearheaded recent efforts to address domestic violence and has been a strong advocate for affordable housing. She is employed by the YWCA USA.

Mail: 322 Westover Dr., Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 250-4004

Holly Jones, Commissioner

Brownie Newman - District 1

Brownie is a Partner and owner at Headwaters Solar, a solar energy company based in Asheville. He grew up on a working farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a graduate of Warren Wilson College and served two terms on the Asheville City Council prior to being elected to the Buncombe County Commission in 2012. Brownie served on the boards of the Asheville Regional Airport, Economic Development Commission, Metropolitan Sewerage Authority, NC Conservation Network and NC Sustainable Energy Association. He currently serves on the board of the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization. Brownie lives with his wife, Beth, and two daughters in the Montford neighborhood.

Phone: (828) 250-4011

Brownie Newman, Commissioner

Mike Fryar - District 2

Mike Fryar has been a resident of Buncombe County for 50 years. He attended A.C. Reynolds High School and served in the U.S. Navy. A self-made man and small business owner for 32 years, Mike started his career sweeping floors for the legendary Banjo Matthews — working his way up the ladder and eventually starting his own engine business, Fryar Performance, in 1980.

Phone: (828) 250-4007

Mike Fryar, Commissioner

Ellen Frost - District 2

Ellen is a mother, grandmother, and small business owner who came to western North Carolina in 1995. She is serving her first term as County Commissioner. Ellen has managed a small business all of her working life. Consequently, creation of living wage jobs is of utmost importance to her. Being a good steward of education funding, economic development and the environment is what drives her work as a County Commissioner.

Phone: (828) 250-4005

Ellen Frost, Commissioner

Joe Belcher - District 3

A 34 year resident of Buncombe County, Joe is a member of Maple Ridge Baptist Church in Candler, currently serves on the Metropolitan Sewerage District Board, the Tourism Development Authority  and is retired Vice President with Berkshire Hathaway (Clayton Homes).

Phone: (828) 250-4008

Joe Belcher, Commissioner

Timothy D. Moffitt - District 3

Born and raised in Western North Carolina, Tim Moffitt has spent his life enjoying the beauty of the mountains and the quality of life that is unique to our region. Tim is Founder and CEO of Moffitt International - a successful executive search and management consulting firm based in Buncombe County. Tim has conducted senior executive recruiting assignments for multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 clients, and entrepreneurial organizations. Tim is the proud father of three sons and lives in South Asheville

Phone: (828) 250-4010

Tim Moffitt, Commissioner