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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

David Gantt

Holly Jones - District 1

Holly Jones was elected to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners in 2008. She served on Asheville City Council from 2001-2008. She currently serves on the Transportation Advisory Committee, Community Energy Advisory Committee and Land of Sky Council. Commissioner Jones works as a regional director for the YWCA.

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

Holly Jones, Commissioner

Holly Jones

Brownie Newman - District 1

Brownie is a partner at FLS Energy, a locally owned solar energy development company and former two term member of Asheville City Council.

Phone: (828) 250-4011

Brownie Newman, Commissioner

Brownie Newman

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

Mike Fryar

Ellen Frost - District 2

Ellen is a mother, grandmother, and small business owner who came to western North Carolina in 1996. She is serving her first term as County Commissioner. Ellen has managed a small business all of her working life. After family and community, Ellen's passion is animals. She opened "Bed and Biscuit" in 2001, offering a wide range of services for animals - from pampered show dogs to abused animals undergoing rehabilitation, to hunting dogs, to service dogs, and to everyone's best friend. Ellen says she has found if in life you are fair, honest, and positive in your approach, the results will be rewarding.

Phone: (828) 250-4005

Ellen Frost, Commissioner

Ellen Frost

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

Joe Belcher

David King - District 3

With family going back seven generations in Western North Carolina, David King's roots are deep in our community. David was born in Asheville and retired after 20 years in manufacturing. David now works as a well-respected farrier in Western North Carolina.

Phone: (828) 250-4010

David King, Commissioner

David King