Mayor & City Council

Vision Statement

Hendersonville is a vibrant mountain city where the government and citizens work together for a high quality of life.

Left to Right:  Council Member Jeff Miller, Council Member Jerry Smith, Council Member Steve Caraker, Mayor Barbara G. Volk, Mayor Pro Tem Ron Stephens

City Council members may receive written correspondence at:

City Hall, 145 Fifth Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC  28792-4328

City Council Contact Information:

Mayor Barbara Volk (828)697-3000        (828)693-5692              

Mayor Pro Tem Ron Stephens
Please send written correspondence to:           
301 Red Oak Dr.
Hendersonville NC 28791-1941

Council Member Steve Caraker (828)696-3615 (828)777-0019
Council Member Jerry Smith (828)243-9123
Council Member Jeff Miller (828)693-7426


Composition of the City Council. 

The City Council consists of the Mayor and four members elected by and from all the qualified voters of the City.

Mayor and mayor pro tempore:  The mayor is also elected by all the qualified voters of the City for a four-year term. The mayor is the official head of 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 does not have power to veto. The mayor exercises such powers and perform such duties as are or may be conferred upon him by the General Laws of North Carolina, by the City Charter, and by the ordinances of the City.  The Mayor is Barbara G. Volk. She was elected as Mayor in November 2009 and was re-elected in 2013.  She has served on the City Council since November 1989.

The City Council chooses one of its members to act as Mayor Pro Tempore.  The Mayor Pro Tempore performs the duties of the Mayor in the Mayor's absence or disability. The Mayor Pro Tempore does not have a fixed term of office, but serves in the capacity at the pleasure of the City Council. The Mayor Pro Tem is Ron Stephens. 

Terms; qualifications; vacancies.

  1. The mayor and members of the City Council serve four-year terms. 
  2. To be eligible to be a candidate or be elected and serve as mayor or a member of the City Council, you must be a a resident and a qualified voter of the City.
  3. 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.

Compensation of Mayor and City Council:  The mayor and council members receive compensation but no increase or reduction in salary may be made to take effect during the term in which it is voted.

Organization of council; oaths of office. The organizational meeting of the City Council is usually held at the first regular meeting following each general election. Before entering their offices, the mayor and each council member take an oath of office as required by Article VI, Section 7, of the Constitution of North Carolina. 

Meetings of the City Council. 

(a) The city council has fixed the first Thursday of each month for its regular meetings.  Special meetings may be held and any business transacted at a regular meeting may also be transacted at a special meeting. 

(b) All meetings of the Council are open to the public. Closed sessions are permitted by law for specific purposes.  The Council may not formally consider or vote on any question in closed session. 

Quorum; votes.

(a) A majority of the members elected to the City Council constitutes a quorum for the conduct of business.

(b) Three affirmative votes, which may include the vote of the mayor, is necessary to adopt any ordinance, or any resolution or motion having the effect of an ordinance. All other matters to be voted upon is decided by a majority vote of those present and voting.