Mayor Barbara Volk
Barbara has served on the City Council since 1989. She is originally from Chicago and moved to Hendersonville in 1975. She attended Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics. She also received a degree as a medical record administrator from the allied health school at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem. She is self-employed and provides computer-related services to small businesses and works as a registered parliamentarian. She and her husband, Pediatrician James Volk, decided to relocate to Hendersonville after Dr. Volk received a job opportunity. They wanted to live in a town that is small and family friendly. She is the first female mayor serving the City and has served as Mayor since November 2009.
Mayor Pro Tem Ron Stephens
Ron was born and raised in Georgia. He earned a BA degree from the University of Georgia in Athens and a MBA degree from Emory University in Atlanta.
Ron came to Hendersonville as president/project director of Champion Hills in early 1996. When the project was successfully completed, he and his wife of 47 years, Mary (Culclasure of Greenville, SC) chose to remain in Hendersonville because of the unique and special attributes of our community. Stephens retired from the Braniger Organization, Inc., developer of Champion Hills, and now is a broker with Beverly-Hanks & Associates Real Estate.
During this tenure in Hendersonville, Stephens has been an active and enthusiastic participant in government and civic and charitable organizations including service to the following City boards: City Council - Mayor Pro Tem, Planning Board - Chair, Comprehensive Plan Committee, Land Plan Revision Committee - Chair. He has also served on the Board of the Boys & Girls Club, United Way of Henderson County Board - Campaign Chair, Pardee Hospital Board - Chair, Four Seasons Hospice - Board, Rotary Club of Hendersonville - Board, Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce - Board, and Hendersonville Board of Realtors® - Past President.
Council Member Steve Caraker
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Steve has been a resident of Henderson County since 1983 and a resident of the City since 1996. He and his wife, Donna, a Henderson County native, live in the West Side Historic District. He worked for Henderson County Building Inspections from 1992 until 2008 as the lead Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector. He was an adjunct instructor for Blue Ridge Community College from 1997 until 2007. He currently works for T.P. Howard's Plumbing in Fairview, NC. Steve holds plumbing contractor licenses in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Steve is the City's representative on the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee Board, the Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee Board, the Mills River Partnership, and is the Council's liaison to the Seventh Avenue Historic District.
In his free time he enjoys the ongoing challenges of restoring he and his wife Donna's 1920's home in the West Side neighborhood.
Steve enjoys his various capacities in public service and feels very fortunate to live in the City of Hendersonville. He was re-elected to a second term in November 2011 for a four-year term on the Council.
Council Member Jeffery Lane Miller
Jeff graduated from Hendersonville High School, is a member of Hendersonville High School Hall of Fame, and a graduate of Appalachian State University. He is married to Tamara Mathis Miller and they have one son, Beck, who attends Wake Forest University. He is the owner of Miller's Laundry and Cleaners, Inc., a family-owned laundry and dry cleaning business in operation since 1915.
Jeff is Past President of the Henderson County YMCA, Past President of Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County, Past President of Founding Board of Henderson County Heritage Museum, Former Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Margaret R. Pardee Hospital, Chairman of Small Grants Committee, Board of Directors Henderson County Community Foundation, Founder and President of HonorAir, Inc., and Co-Founder of the Honor Flight Network.
Jeff’s awards include:
- Caring Hall of Fame Award, 2014
- Presidential Citizens Medal 2008, Presented by President Bush in the Oval Office
- State of North Carolina, Order of The Long Leaf Pine
- Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award
- IFI Meritorious Service Diamond Achievement Award
- Carolina Freedom Foundation Award for Patriotism
- National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Gold Citizenship Medal
- National Rotary Paul Harris Fellow
- Civitan Man of the Year Award
Jeff has served on the Hendersonville Planning and Zoning Board, the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Henderson County Merchants Division Board Member, and First Citizens Bank, NC Board of Directors. He was elected to the City Council in November 2013.
Council Member Jerry A. Smith, Jr.
Originally from Wilson, NC, Jerry, and his wife, Dr. Anne Smith of Concord, NC, moved to Henderson County in 2000 to start a family. All three of Jerry and Anne’s children were born in Hendersonville. Jerry is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA), North Carolina Central University School of Law (JD) and George Mason University (M.Ed.) Jerry has been a teacher, baseball coach and mock trial coach at Hendersonville High School since 2000 and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Prior to his election to City Council in 2009, Jerry served on the Apple Country Greenway Commission for four years, three years as chairman. Both of Jerry’s parents worked in local and state government, and Jerry feels fortunate to continue that tradition serving the residents of Hendersonville and Henderson County.
Jerry has served on the City Council since elected in November 2009.
You may email the Mayor and Council collectively.
Written correspondence to the Mayor and Council Members may also be sent to: City Hall, 145 Fifth Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC 28792-4328.
MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
Policy formation and legislative authority are vested in the City Council that consists of a Mayor who is elected to a four-year term and four council members who serve staggered terms.
Composition of City Council. The City Council consists of the mayor and four members elected by and from all the qualified voters of the City voting in the manner provided in the Charter of the City.
Mayor and Mayor pro tempore. The mayor serves as the official head of the city government and presides at all meetings of the City Council. The mayor has the power to vote on all questions coming before the Council, but has no power to veto. The mayor exercises such powers and performs such duties as are or may be conferred upon him by the general laws of North Carolina, by the Charter of the City of Hendersonville, and by the ordinances of the City.
The City Council chooses one of its members to act as mayor pro tempore, and (s)he performs the duties of the mayor in the mayor's absence or disability. The mayor pro tempore has no fixed term of office, but serves at the pleasure of the remaining members of the Council.
Terms; qualifications; vacancies.
a. Staggered terms of Council members began with the 1997 election. Elections are held every two years.
b. No person is eligible to be a candidate or be elected as a member of the City Council, or to serve in such capacity, unless (s)he is a resident and a qualified voter of the city.
c. In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor, the remaining members of the Council, by majority vote, choose from their own members his successor for the unexpired term. Any vacancy in the office of councilman is filled by majority vote of the mayor and the remaining members of the Council until the next election.
Meetings of the Council. The City Council has a regular monthly meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 5:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall located at 160 Sixth Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC. Special and emergency meetings may be held upon notice given in accordance with North Carolina General Statutes. All meetings of the Council are open to the public.
Ordinances and resolutions. The adoption, amendment, repeal, pleading or proving of ordinances is done in accordance with the applicable provisions of the general laws of North Carolina not inconsistent with the Charter.
Public Comment Time: The City Council receives public comment at regular Council meetings. Members of the public wishing to speak must list their name and address on a sign-up sheet prior to the commencement of the meeting. The sheet is posted in the City Hall lobby on the afternoon of the Council meeting. Fifteen minutes is set aside at the beginning of each meeting for speakers on a first come, first served basis according to the sign-up sheet. Depending on the number of citizens wishing to speak, the amount of time for speakers may be limited.