Mayor and Town Council Members

Dottie Sherrill, Mayor

452 Kyfields
Weaverville, NC 28787

Telephone: (828) 484-7007


Dottie Sherrill was first elected to the Weaverville Town Council in 1989 and has served consecutive terms since that date.  She was served under the following respected Mayors:  Reese Lasher, Larry Sprinkle, Bett Stroud and Al Root. 

BS in Mathematics and Physical Education
MA in Mathematics and Counseling
ED.D in Counseling and Curriculum

Work Experience:
Retired teacher and counselor from Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools.

Dottie grew up in the Weaverville area and her father, Dr. Jeter Bradley, practiced medicine on Weaverville’s Main Street.  A graduate of Western Carolina University her early years of teaching were in Waynesville.  She only left the Western, North Carolina area for a short period of three months when she was a principal of a middle school in Greenville, South Carolina.  She has always been active in community functions as well as with the Weaverville United Methodist Church. 

In her retirement Dottie has many interests and enjoys different crafts ranging from card making, crocheting, bridge, and gardening.  Dottie and her husband Dwight Sherrill live in Kyfields and have two daughters (Lynne lives in Kyfields and Leslie in Jackson, Tennessee) along with four grandchildren. 

Walt Currie, Council Member

Phone Number: 828-484-7010


Term expires 11/15

Quitman High School, Lumpkin, GA (1958)
BA Duke University (1962)
Juris Doctor University of North Carolina School of Law (1968)

Work Experience:
North Carolina public school teacher (1962-1965)
Private law practice with emphasis on local government law (1968-2005)
Part-time private law practice with emphasis on local government law (2009-present)
Adjunct Instructor in public school law - Western Carolina University (2008-2010)

Admitted to practice law in North Carolina (1968)
Past and present activity in non-profit, church, and civic club organizations
North Carolina League of Municipalities - planning and Services Legislative Action Committee (2009-present)
Land-of-Sky Regional Council of Government - Council member (2009-2011)

Doug Dearth, Council Member

34 Hamburg Drive
Weaverville, NC 28787

Phone Number:  828-484-7008

Term Expires:  11/17

Doug Dearth has served as a Town Council Member since 2009.  In addition to normal Council duties, Dearth is Weaverville’s representative to the Metropolitan Planning Organization Board and its varioius subcommittees and working groups. He was a member of the former Buncombe County Parks and Greenways Commission and serves as liason on Greenways issues.  He is also a member of the Main Street Nature Park Steering Committee and the Community Wildlife Habitat Team.  He served on the Town Planning and Zoning Board from 2004 to 2009 and served as Board Chair from 2005.  He is also a member of the Weaverville Business Association.

Ohio State University (B.A., 1969; M.A., 1971)
U.S. Army War College (1986) Faculty (1990-1993)

Work Experience: 
Dearth is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War.  He served in various capacities in the U.S. Department of Defense until 2002, and was a security consultant to the British Government from 1998 to 2006, as well as Senior Associate Research Fellow at King’s College, London. He also has been a lecturer, author and editor.

He and his wife, Maura Lohman, reside at 34 Hamburg Drive, the old "Preach" Reagan House, which they renovated in 2002-2004.  Maura serves on the faculty of A-B Tech.  In their spare time, they enjoy gardening and landscaping the property; and Doug also does dry-stack stone work.

John V. Penley, Vice-Mayor


Phone Number:  828-484-7009 

Term expires 11/15

John Penley is a Weaverville native where he has served in almost every position the town has to offer from the back of the garbage truck to the head of town administrator to being elected for his first term on Weaverville town council in 1999 and was reelected in 2011 for the first 4-year term the town offered. John is also the 3rd generation fire chief for the town of Weaverville following his grandfather, Eugene Penley and father Jim Penley.

North Buncombe High School (1980)
Associate degree in Fire Science Technology
Journeyman firefighter certification through National Fire Protection Agency
North Carolina State Law Enforcement Certification through Asheville Buncombe Technical College
Graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Institute of Government (Municipal Administration)

Work Experience:
Volunteer firefighter with Weaverville Fire Department since 1976. Then became employed with the City of Asheville Fire Department in 1980. John then became the first paid fire chief for the Town of Weaverville in 1986. During is time as fire chief, he served as interim City Manager, Public Works Director and Weaverville police officer. John retired from the Buncombe County Sheriff Department in 2004, but is still a sworn in law enforcement officer with the Buncombe County Sheriff Department.

John and his wife Jamie reside at 163 North Main Street in the house his grandfather built in 1925. His daughter Jordan is now service in the United States Air Force. Since childhood, John has been dedicated to service including fire service and law enforcement. John enjoys spending time with his family and friends and is an active member of Biltmore Baptist Church.

Gene Knoefel, Council Member

10 Highland Point Drive
Weaverville, NC 28787

Phone Number:  828-484-7011

Term Expires:  11/15

Gene Knoefel, a native of Western North Carolina, was elected to the Council in 2007 and is currently serving his second term as a Commissioner.  Prior to being elected to the Council, Gene was active in Town government by serving two terms on the Planning and Zoning Board, where he had a special interest in land use.  In conjunction with his Council duties, Gene serves as the Town's representative on the Land of Sky Regional Council Board of Directors; he is also a member of the North Carolina League of Municipalities Planning and Environment Legislative Action Commitee; and he serves at the pleasure of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on the County Nursing Home Advisory Commitee.  

University of Tennessee
BS in Civil Engineering
California State University, Sacramento
Graduate studies in Public Administration        

Work Experience:
Retired from the State of California, having worked in several State departments gaining experience in management, budgeting, finance, personnel administration, and regulatory activities.  His last assignment was in the Department of Health Services, where he directed a staff managing approximately one-third of the State’s $15 billion Medicaid budget.

In his younger years he was active in Scouting, where he attained the rank of Eagle and later served on the Star/Life/Eagle Board of Review. For many years he was a long distant runner, lettering in cross country in college and later in life he completed two marathons.  He is married to Ellen, has two children and three step children and seven grandchildren.

Doug Jackson, Council Member

2 College Crescent
Weaverville NC 28787

Phone Number: 828-484-7006

Doug Jackson is a Graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with post graduate courses in business at UNCA and a graduate of The Akzo School of Management in the Netherlands.

Work Experience:
He held several diverse positions at American Enka including process engineer, sales executive, marketing manager, director of planning as well as Director of Strategic Planning for Akzo America.  For the  18 years prior to his retirement he ran his own business doing international market research and consulting in high performance textile applications, many related to protecting our troops in the Iraqi  War as well as law enforcement and fire fighters.

Doug has been a resident of Weaverville living at 2 College Crescent since 1974 where he raised his two daughters. He is a  member and Ruling Elder in Brittains Cove Presbyterian Church,  a member of the Nature Park Steering Committee,  Weaverville Economic Advisory Committee, and the Commemorative Ceremony  Committee.  His hobbies include fly-fishing, woodworking,  gardening, and family activities.