Our President


Marion County Sheriff

Mr. Jimmy Riffle, Sheriff of Marion County, has been installed as the new President of the West Virginia Association of Counties (WVACo).

Riffle assumes his presidential term from Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty, whose official term as sheriff ended on December 31, 2020.  Mr. Riffle has worked in law enforcement for thirty-two years.  He has been a member of the WVACo Board of Directors for the past two years, and the Secretary of the West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association the past four years.

Jimmy is married to his wife of thirty-two years, Cassandra Riffle.  They have one son, Taylor Riffle of Newport News, VA.

Sheriff Riffle is looking forward to his term as President.  He has expressed his gratitude to Sheriff Dougherty for his service to WVACo, and appreciates the many things he contributed to its benefit, to West Virginia Sheriffs and public officials.   


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.