Commissioners

Larry YoderLarry Yoder

Chairman

Larry Yoder and his wife Hazel live in the Taylorsville community. Larry has a son, Alex (A.Y.) Yoder and wife Stephanie; a stepson, Alex Godwin; and a stepdaughter, Julia Vaughan and husband Brian. He also has 4 grandchildren, Rachel and Michael Vaughan as well as Ava and Jackson Yoder.

Larry is a member of First Baptist Church where he has served in the past as Sunday School Director and deacon.

Larry has served as a member of the Taylorsville Fire Department, past president of the YMCA Management Council, past president of the Taylorsville Lion’s Club, past president of the Taylorsville Jaycees, past president of the Alexander Central Cougar Club and the Alexander Central Advisory Committee. He is a member and past president of the Brushy Mountain Shrine Club and a former chairman of the Alexander County Recreation Committee.

Larry graduated from Lincolnton High School and attended Western Carolina University, Gaston College, and Catawba Valley Community College.

Larry was elected to his first 4-year term of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners on November 2, 2004 and served as Chairman during that term in 2006 and 2008. On November 4, 2009 he was re-elected to serve another 4 years. Since that time he has held the position of Chairman in 2010 and will be Vice-Chairman in 2013.

Email: lyoder@alexandercountync.gov


Ryan MayberryRyan Mayberry

Vice-Chairman

Ryan Mayberry lives in the Bethlehem community with his wife Tracy and daughter Caroline. He is a Financial Services Representative as well as the owner of a Construction and Development Company that acquires, develops, and builds residential real estate. Mr. Mayberry graduated from Alexander Central High School and Appalachian State University. He is a NC Licensed General Contractor, a NC Real Estate Broker, and holds various Insurance and Securities licenses. He is a member of Taylorsville Presbyterian Church, the Hickory-Catawba Valley Homebuilders Association, the NC Homebuilders Association, and the National Association of Homebuilders. He has served as a church elder and also serves on the Board of Directors of the NC Homebuilders Association and the Hickory-Catawba Valley Homebuilders Association. Mr. Mayberry will be the 2013 President of the Hickory-Catawba Valley Homebuilders Association.

He served as the Vice-Chairman of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners in 2010 and 2011 as well as Chairman in 2012. Mr. Mayberry was first elected to the Alexander County Board of Commissioners in 2008.

Email: rmayberry@alexandercountync.gov


Andrew FergusonAndrew Ferguson

Andrew Ferguson is married to Lee Ann Steffen Ferguson, a lecturer for Appalachian State University, and they have a daughter who attends Alexander County Schools. The family owns and works a small farm in Taylorsville. Andrew also is owner of Command Decisions Wargames Center in the Bethlehem Community.

Andrew Ferguson, M.A.(SS) is the lecturer of Homeland Security in Appalachian State University’s Department of Government and Justice Studies. He is also a criminologist for the ASU’s Department of Sociology and has taught World Civilizations and the History of Terrorism at Caldwell Community College. Andrew has been, among other things, a law enforcement officer (Sheriff’s Deputy and Police Officer), EMT/Rescue Tech, and is a 13 year veteran of the US military, including 3 years in Army special operations. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world in various consulting capacities relating to counter-terrorism and high threat policing. In 2009 Andrew was sent to Iraqi Kurdistan by the US State Department as the subject matter expert for sociology in an initiative to rebuild their higher education curriculum in the post-war environment, especially social work and women’s rights.

Andrew has a combined 25+ years of government experience at the federal, state and local levels.

On January 7, 2014, Andrew was appointed by the Executive Committee of the Alexander County Republican Party to finish the term of Darrell Robertson, who stepped down the assume the position of county engineer. He was sworn into the position on February 3, 2014.

Email: aferguson@alexandercountync.gov


James JenningsJames Jennings

James “Burkie” Jennings is a lifelong resident of Alexander County and currently lives in the Wittenburg Community. He has one daughter, Dr. Jessica P. Jennings.

Burkie is a veteran of the United States Navy and a BellSouth Management retiree with over 28 years of service as a Technical Systems Designer, Project Manager, Branch Sales Manager, Territory Sales Manager, and Regional Sales Coach. He also taught Social Studies at Taylorsville High School.

He graduated from Taylorsville High School as well as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He also obtained an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Caldwell Community College.

Burkie has been a member of Taylorsville Presbyterian Church for over 50 years and is a former elder. He is active in the Alexander Historic Committee and is the former Board of Elections chairman.

On November 2, 2010, Burkie was elected to serve a 4-year term on the Alexander County Board of Commissioners.

He served as Vice-Chairman in 2012 and is currently filling the position of Chairman in 2013.

Email: jjennings@alexandercountync.gov


Judy Mayberry MooseJudy Moose

Judy Mayberry Moose is a lifelong resident of the Stony Point community of Alexander County. She is married to David Moose and has 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and one great-grand child.

On November 2, 2010, Judy was elected to serve a 4-year term on the Alexander County Board of Commissioners.

Email: jmoose@alexandercountync.gov


County Manager & Clerk to the Board

Jamie Starnes & Rick French Jamie Starnes
& Rick French

The Clerk to the Board’s duties include documenting and preparing minutes for the monthly Commissioner’s Meetings, as well as other scheduled meetings that the County Commissioners are in attendance. The Clerk to the Board also maintains appointments for county boards and committees, maintains the minutes and agendas on the county web page, maintains county ordinance books, assists the County Manager in daily procedures, and performs other activities directly related to actions of the County Commissioners.

The Alexander County Manager is Rick French, has served as manager since April 1999. The Board of Commissioners designates a County Manager to serve as the head administrator to all departments under the Board’s authority. The County Manager’s duties include supervision of all county departments, boards, agencies, and all activities performed by each including budget expenditures; preparation of the annual county budget; and supervision of all County officers and any other duties as required by the County Commissioners. The County Manager consults with the County Attorney on a regular basis and keeps the County Commissioners informed of all aspects of county government and issues at hand.