Our Government

Avery County is governed by an elected five member board of commissioners who hold office for staggered terms of either two or four years. A county manager is responsible for day to day county operations.

Newland, the county seat, is governed by its town council. The five members of the council are elected for two year terms. The town's chief executive is an elected mayor. The mayor supervises the work of the different departments of the town's government. A town clerk, assisted by the mayor, is responsible for daily operations.

Banner Elk is governed by a town council.  The five members of the council are elected for staggered terms of of two or four years.  The town's chief executive is an elected mayor.  Banner Elk also has a town manager who is responsible for daily operations.

Other townships in the county govern the same way.

Click Below for Commissioner Profiles

Commissioner  Chairman  Commissioner  Vice Chairman  Commissioner 
Glenn Johnson  Kenny Poteat  Martha J. Hicks  Phyllis Forbes  Robert (Reo) Griffith