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 earned the designation 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 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 lives in Weaverville and has two daughters, one living in the area and another in Maine. Tonya enjoys hiking and volunteers her time with a local animal welfare organization.
Ron Davis, Police Chief
Chief Ron Davis served as Assistant Police Chief for Fletcher Police Department for almost eight years prior to being appointed as Chief of Police for the Town of Weaverville. Davis holds an advanced law enforcement certification and is a certified criminal investigator. He is a police instructor at Blue Ridge Community College and has had numerous roles in law enforcement, including as a police officer, a criminal investigator for the 29B District Attorney’s office, Sheriff’s Department detective, and has served as an international police advisor. Davis is also a veteran of the United States Army, where he served in the Army National Guard and as a paratrooper and sergeant of an airborne infantry squadron.
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. Outside of work Jennifer enjoys hiking and kayaking in beautiful Western North Carolina.
Scottie Harris, Fire Chief
Chief Harris has served in fire and emergency services for 30 years, with the last 18 years in senior management roles in municipal, county, and combined fire departments, as well as serving 8 years in contract fire services at U.S. Army installations in the Middle East and U.S. Navy support facilities in Diego Garcia.
Chief Harris earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Waldorf University, a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration and Associate’s degree in Fire Services from Columbia Southern University, and has an extensive resume of fire and emergency services certifications.
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 & Town Clerk
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. He also serves as Town Clerk for the Town of Weaverville.
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.