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Jefferson County Sheriff

Pete Dougherty Becomes President of WVACo

The West Virginia Association of Counties (WVACo) is proud to announce that Mr. Pete Dougherty, has been named President for FY2020/2021.   Mr. Dougherty took office on June 22, 2020 in Jefferson County, at the virtual 2020 WVACo Spring Board Meeting.


“County officials and county employees are the face of government that affects the people directly. We help people take care of the ‘business’ of their daily lives,” stated Dougherty, upon assuming his duties as association president.  “Whether you are paying taxes, recording a deed, registering to vote, filing litigation, serving on a jury, are the victim of a crime  or any other numerous other matters, we are the people you deal with every day.”

Pete Dougherty became Sheriff and Treasurer of Jefferson in 2013 where he continues to serve his community.   Pete has a long career serving West Virginia in many different capacities. 


Dougherty resides with his wife Jan in Charles Town.  He is the father of three grown children and 4 grandchildren.   Pete serves on the Board of Trustees, Davis and Elkins College; Vice-Chair of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans; Member Governor’s Commission on Drunk Driving Prevention; Member, Jefferson County Criminal Justice Board; Member Kiwanis Club of Charles Town,  Member Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, NAACP; and Member Board of Trustees Asbury United Methodist Church; Member Jefferson Berkeley Substance Alliance;  United Methodist Men; he is a vice president of the Shenandoah Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Member Board of Director’s WV Sheriff Association and WV Association of County Officials .

He is the past chair of the WV Professional Teaching Standards Commission;  Member Board of Visitors, Potomac State College; Past President, West Virginia School Boards Association; Past President, WV Magistrates Association; Member, Jefferson County Chapter American Cancer Society; Member Relay for Life;  President, Charles Town Kiwanis Club; Past Treasurer Jefferson County Chapter American Red Cross; Chair Department of Veterans Affairs Task Force on “Access and Availability of Mental Health and Substance Use Service; Liaison to White House Office on Faith-based and Community Initiatives; acting Executive Director of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness .


He funds the annual dinner for the Jefferson County Teacher and Service Person of the Year and underwrites the teacher to attend Leadership Jefferson in honor of Sandy Dougherty his wife who died of cancer in 2006.


He has received numerous awards including: the highest award to a Federal Civilian Employee, the Citizen Service Award, (Partnership for Public Service); US Department of Veterans Affair’s “Meritorious Service Award”; twice awarded the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans “Founders Award “;” Distinguished Citizen of Jefferson County, 2014; The Home Depot Foundation created a $50,000 cash award named “Pete Dougherty Award” for a non-profit that creates permanent Housing for homeless veterans;  “Distinguished Alumnus Award” and the “Tower Award” from Davis and Elkins College; the “Distinguished Citizen of the Year” by the Shenandoah Council of the Boys Scouts of America; and the “Margaret Baldwin Friend of Education Award” by the West Virginia Education Association.


WVACo represents West Virginia’s elected county officials, the constitutional offices of county commissioners, county clerks, circuit clerks, sheriffs, assessors and prosecuting attorneys.  The mission of the WVACo is to achieve unity of purpose among elected county officials in order to promote the professionalism, innovation, and preservation of county government for the benefit of the citizens they serve to create a better West Virginia.

Our Immediate Past President


Randolph County Assessor

The West Virginia Association of Counties (WVACo) Immediate Past President is Ms. Phyllis Yokum, Randolph County Assessor.   She served as WVACo President from 2019-2020.

Yokum currently serves as the Assessor in Randolph County and was first elected in 2004 after having served as Deputy Assessor for 22 years.   Phyllis is a lifelong resident of Randolph County, West Virginia. 

“As elected officials, our commitment is to serve our county and the people who elect us to do that. I bring that same commitment to the West Virginia Association of Counties. I am honored to serve as president of this exceptional organization comprised of all elected officials from the county level and which is a united representation for issues facing counties and ultimately impacting our citizens.”

Yokum resides with her husband Rick, at Bowden. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Ashley & Tessa, and grandparents of six. 


Phyllis was awarded the Association of WV Assessors Special Service Award and the Ralph C. Boyles Memorial Achievement Assessor of the Year Award in 2010. She  served as President of the Association of WV Assessors 2012-2013.


Phyllis also serves as secretary of the Dry Fork Recreation Center, Inc.

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