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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
Email: commissioner@davidgantt.com

David Gantt, Chairman

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
Email: holly.jones@buncombecounty.org

Holly Jones, Commissioner

Holly Jones
Commissioner

Brownie Newman - District 1

Brownie is the VP of Business Development for FLS Energy, 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
Email: brownie.newman@buncombecounty.org

Brownie Newman, Commissioner

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
Email: mike.fryar@buncombecounty.org

Mike Fryar, Commissioner

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
Email: ellen.frost@buncombecounty.org

Ellen Frost, Commissioner

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
Email: joe.belcher@buncombecounty.org

Joe Belcher, Commissioner

Joe Belcher
Commissioner

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
Email: david.king@buncombecounty.org

David King, Commissioner

David King
Commissioner