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 Tempore 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. He was selected as Mayor Pro Tempore by his fellow Council members in December 2019.
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 ABC 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 Jennifer Hensley
Originally from Ohio, Dr. Jennifer Hensley completed undergraduate studies there, and moved on to Davenport, Iowa to obtain her Doctorate of Chiropractic. Upon graduation in 2003,she moved to Hendersonville to start a practice. She is married to Kevin, who is from Asheville, and together they are raising their beautiful children, Shelby and Enzo. They live in historic downtown Hendersonville. Dr. Hensley is the Chair of Henderson County Social Services Board, Child Fatality and Protection Board, and represents seven counties in Western North Carolina on the State Board of Social Services Boards. She was also the Past Vice-Chair of the Parks and Recreation Board. She is passionate about greenways in our community and was part of the Henderson County Greenway Expansion Committee. Dr. Hensley is a successful business woman in the community, and has owned and operated her clinic for 16 years. She was named Best of Blue Ridge’s Chiropractor is 2018. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, and is an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She enjoys running half marathons, and cooking with her children.
Dr. Hensley is proud to be a newly elected younger woman to serve all the residents of Hendersonville. She was elected to the City Council in November 2019.
Council Member Lyndsey Simpson
Lyndsey was born and raised in Titusville, Florida, near Kennedy Space Center, and moved to Hendersonville in the summer of 2016 with her husband of 10 years, Tony, and son, Cole.
Lyndseyearned her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida and now owns local graphic studio LS Creative, which specializes in branding and print design. Almost immediately after moving here, Lyndsey became involved with the community in a variety of ways. She is the current Board President for Hands On! Children’s Museum, a member of the Kiwanis Service First Committee, a member of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, a Henderson County Public Schools Volunteer and a graduate of both the Henderson County VISION Program and the United Way’s Rising Leaders Program.
Lyndsey feels very fortunate to live in Hendersonville and is honored to be able to serve her community in the capacity of City Council after being elected in 2019.
You may email the Mayor and Council collectively.
Written correspondence to the Mayor and Council Members may also be sent to: City Hall, 160 Sixth 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.