Selena Coffey, Town Manager
Selena Coffey, a native of Western North Carolina and career public servant, has served as the first female town manager for the Town of Weaverville since 2015. In this appointed position, Coffey acts as Weaverville’s chief executive officer, overseeing all municipal departments, including the Police Department, Fire Department, Finance and Administration, Planning and the Public Works and Water Departments. Prior to being appointed as the Town’s Manager, Coffey served four years as an executive director for a nonprofit organization and 16 years in local government management. Coffey gained a firm foothold in local government when she served for 16 years working for Henderson County government in progressively responsible positions as Budget Analyst, Budget & Management Director and Assistant County Manager. In Henderson County, Selena was instrumental in introducing performance based budgeting, facilitating the development of the County’s first strategic plan and supervising over 800 personnel.
Ms. Coffey graduated from Western Carolina University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work in 1993 and a Master of Public Affairs in 1995. Coffey has been designated as a Credentialed Manager with the International City-County Managers Association (ICMA) and earned her Certificate in County & Municipal Administration from the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005.
Although Coffey is passionate about her role in public service, she notes that raising her young son is her greatest honor in life. She loves being outdoors and particularly enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, working with rescue animals and spending time with family and friends.
Tonya Dozier, Finance Officer
Tonya Dozier was employed with the Town of Weaverville in September 2016. Tonya has over 15 years of experience in various facets of finance and accounting. Prior to her transition to local government, Tonya worked as a CPA, finance officer and senior accountant in the private sector. She obtained her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in 1998 and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Masters of Accountancy degree from the University of South Florida in 1996 and 1997 respectively. Tonya and her husband live in Weaverville. They have two daughters, one living in the area and another in Arizona. Tonya enjoys hiking and volunteers her time with a local animal welfare organization.
Ted Williams, Fire Chief
Fire Chief Ted Williams, a life-long resident of Weaverville, has served in the fire service the majority of his life. Since starting his career with the Weaverville Fire Department in 1992 as a volunteer and then having the opportunity to have it become his career when he was hired by the town in 1996. Chief Williams progressed through the ranks and in
2006, while serving as a captain with the department, was hired by the Leicester Fire Department to serve as their Fire Chief. Chief Williams served the citizens of Leicester for 7 years as chief when he was given the honor of “coming back home” in 2013 to once again serve his hometown citizens as Deputy Fire Chief. He served in that capacity, until the retirement of Chief Terry Malone in 2016, when he was named by Town Manager Selena Coffey as the new Chief. Chief Williams is a dedicated member of the fire service within Buncombe County and our state. He is a very proud husband and father to his three sons and enjoys golfing.
Alan Wyatt, Police Chief
Police Chief Alan Wyatt was promoted to his position in December 2017 after serving the department for 15 years as an officer, sergeant, detective and assistant police chief. Chief Wyatt is a Veteran of the United States Air Force where he served 10 years as a Security Specialist and Mobility Officer. His experience also includes serving as a Police Officer for the Mars Hill Police Department and the Mars Hill College Security. Wyatt holds a Criminal Justice Education Training and Standards Commission Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate and a North Carolina Justice Academy Criminal Investigator Program Certificate. He and his wife live in the Mars Hill area.
Jennifer Jackson, Town Attorney
Jennifer has provided legal services to local governments for over 20 years. She was appointed as the Town Attorney for Weaverville in 2016 and enjoys serving not only the Mayor, Town Council and Town Manager, but also the Town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, Planning and Zoning Board and various Department Heads. She also serves, on an as-needed basis, as the attorney for the Weaverville Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and as the City Attorney for Marion, North Carolina. With a sole focus on local government law she is able to focus her time, attention and expertise on the shared, but unique, needs of government leaders committed to making a difference in their communities.
She is a graduate of Clemson University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in West Asheville with her husband and her daughter. Outside of work Jennifer enjoys hiking and kayaking in beautiful Western North Carolina.
Derek Huninghake, Town Clerk
Derek Huninghake moved to Asheville from Princeton, New Jersey in August 2012. He was born and raised in Northeast Kansas and studied finance and accounting at Baker University. He has worked for the Town of Weaverville since 2015 as a Financial Administrative Assistant and was appointed as Town Clerk in 2017. He and his partner Brittany will be welcoming a baby girl to their family soon. Any free time he has left, Derek enjoys going to the gym, hiking, golfing, playing basketball and spending time with friends.
Trent Duncan, Water Plant Superintendent
Trent was born and raised in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He and his wife have two amazing daughters. Trent started his water career working for the City of Hendersonville in 2000, as a water treatment plant operator trainee. During his seven years working for Hendersonville, Trent learned all facets of the water systems from water treatment to water distribution. Trent left the City of Hendersonville in 2006 to pursue a career in grading and excavation. While the career choice of grading and excavation was something that taught Trent some valuable skills he wasn’t totally satisfied and missed the days of operating a water treatment facility. Trent knew he was a public servant at heart and in 2008 he begin his career at the Town of Weaverville as a water treatment facility operator. Trent currently holds the highest state certifications in water treatment, water distribution, physical chemical waste water and cross connection. Trent continues to further his education by attending every certification class possible and strives to make the Town of Weaverville Water Treatment Facility not only one of the best in the state, but one of the best in the nation.
Dale Pennell, Public Works Director
Dale Pennell was appointed as the Town’s Public Works Director in December 2017. Pennell, who resides in the Weaverville area, has 40 years of engineering experience in western North Carolina, including civil engineering design and construction, pavement, sidewalks, greenways, erosion control measures, storm water management, water and sewer lines, parks, and commercial and institutional facilities. Over the years, he has worked for Lyda Associates and McGill Associates, both in the private sector and for the City of Asheville for some seven years.
James Eller, Planning Director
Planning Director James W. Eller began with the Town of Weaverville in January, 2016 following working as the Code Enforcement Officer & Zoning Administrator for the Town of Woodfin for eight years. James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a Minor in Community & Regional Planning from Appalachian State University and is a certified member of the North Carolina Association of Zoning Officials. James, a native of Buncombe County, currently lives in Weaverville with his wife and son.