Staff Category: Town Council Members

John V. Penley, Town of Weaverville Town Council Member

John V. Penley

John V. Penley, Town of Weaverville Town Council Member

Vice Mayor

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.

Doug has been a 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 his 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.

Doug graduated from North Buncombe High School (1980) and earned his Associate degree in Fire Science Technology. He obtained a Journeyman firefighter certification through National Fire Protection Agency and North Carolina State Law Enforcement Certification through Asheville Buncombe Technical College. He is also a Graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, Institute of Government (Municipal Administration).

Term expires 11/17


Patrick Fitzimmons

Council Member

Patrick Fitzsimmons is the Executive Director of Mountain BizWorks which has provided business training, coaching and lending to small businesses in western North Carolina for 25 years. He previously served with the American Red Cross for 28 years, the last 10 as the Regional CEO for the Red Cross of Western North Carolina, retiring in 2012. He served on many Boards and in many other volunteer leadership capacities for other non-profit agencies and charities. He has lived on South Main St. in Weaverville since 2004 and has volunteered on the town’s Economic Development Advisory Board, Art in Autumn and Citizens Academy. He is proud to be able to serve his hometown of Weaverville.

Term expires 11/19


Doug Jackson

Council Member

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.

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 Iraq War, as well as law enforcement and firefighters.

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.


Doug Dearth

Council Member

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 various subcommittees and working groups. He was a member of the former Buncombe County Parks and Greenways Commission and serves as liaison 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.

Doug earned both his B.A. and M.A.  from Ohio State University (B.A. 1969; M.A., 1971) and attended the U.S. Army War College (1986) where he also became a Faculty member (1990-1993).

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 resides 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.

Term Expires:  11/17


Andrew Nagle, Town of Weaverville Town Council Member

Andrew Nagle

Andrew Nagle, Town of Weaverville Town Council Member

Council Member

Andrew is a 1987 graduate of Appalachian State University and is currently the Executive Vice President at A-B Emblem, where he has worked since 1991. He has served in the past on the Board of Directors of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and is currently on the board of the Manufacturers Executive Association. He has lived in North Carolina since 1983, and in the Weaverville area since 1995 with his wife and two children.

Term Expires:  11/19