Chair Johnny Riddle

Chairman Johnny Riddle

Johnny Riddle currently serves as the Chair of the Yancey County Board of Commissioners, and has served in that role for 8 years (10 as Commissioner). He’s a Yancey County native and has been a small business owner for 28 years. For 30 years he has been married to his high school sweetheart Janet, and together they have two daughters, Anne and Molly.

“I really enjoy working with the different organizations that come together to make up our small county. It takes collaboration and a lot of thinking outside the box to keep small local government working for the betterment of its citizens. That collaboration is exactly what I enjoy seeing happen in our region due largely in part to HCCOG. The COG is a great organization to be a part of and one that I take very seriously.

“I look forward to working with the rest of the great men and women who make up this Board, and to working more closely with the Executive Director and his wonderful staff to help keep our Western region up-to-date with the latest technology and infrastructure, encouraging better job opportunities to meet the growing needs of our citizens, all while maintaining excellent care of our aging population.

“The environment is also something that is special to me and my family and I’m very glad to see that the COG is interested in taking the necessary steps to ensure that we do our part in making state and federal agencies strive to do their part also. The HCCOG is a huge asset to our region and I’m very humbled and honored to be a part of such a great organization.”