County Manager

We Are Avery County.

Thank you for your interest in our county. I consider it a blessing to be allowed the opportunity to serve the county I grew up in, as County Manager. Together... We Are Avery County has become my motto. This motto symbolizes the fact that Avery County offers the best services to our great citizens and visitors alike. From our Emergency Services to our Governmental Offices you can find no better. So if you are just visiting or lucky enough to call Avery County home; hello and thanks for visiting our web site. Together... We Are Avery County.

Phillip Barrier, Jr.

It is the mission of Avery County to contribute to the well-being and quality of life of the people whom we serve. Avery County nurtures a sense of community by putting citizens first through the provision of services and activities in a cost effective and efficient manner reflecting proper stewardship of public trust.   

The County Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer of County Government.

This position is appointed by and reports to the Avery County Board of Commissioners. 
The responsibilities associated with the position include the overall administration of County Government, overseeing all County Departments, and the preparation of the annual budget. The County Manager implements the Commissioners’ goals and policies and provides for the professional management of County Government, ensuring the delivery of quality governmental services.

Other responsibilities include overseeing all county-related expenditures, coordinating intergovernmental agencies, acting as the County’s representative when dealing with other governmental units, administering franchises, establishing administrative policies
and procedures, implementing the County Personnel Policy and addressing employee complaints and grievances pursuant to the County Personnel Policy.


Mailing Address:
PO Box 640
Newland , NC 28657

Phone: (828)733-8201
Fax Number : (828)737-9395

The County Manager’s office is located on the 2nd floor in the Administrative Building
at 175 Linville St., Newland, NC.


Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm


Phillip Barrier, County Manager
Phone: (828)733-8202

Dawn Carpenter, Executive Assistant
Phone: (828)733-8201