Jackson County Attorney Heather Baker receiving County Attorney of the Year award from NC Association of County Attorneys President Whitney Parrish at the 2022 Summer Attorneys Conference.


Jackson County, N.C. – Jackson County Attorney Heather C. Baker received the County Attorney of the Year award during the NC Association of County Attorneys’ 2022 Summer Attorneys Conference August 25-27 in Wrightsville Beach, NC. The NC Association of County Attorneys provides a means for member attorneys to exchange information, ideas, and experiences that enhance their abilities to provide legal services for county governments of North Carolina and obtain continuing legal education.

Baker is a native of Jackson County, where she has served as the County Attorney for seven years. Baker served as the 2021 president of the NC Association of County Attorneys and past president until this year’s conference.

“Heather Baker does an outstanding job representing not only Jackson County Government, but the people of Jackson County,” said Jackson County Board of Commissioners Chair Brian McMahan. “Her efforts as County Attorney to provide good sound council, to support governmental operations, and to help advocate for a better community have had an enormous impact on the lives of many. She is an essential and key part of the leadership team of Jackson County Government and we are extremely proud of her service and are excited about her receiving this award.”  

Heather graduated from Oxford College of Emory University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Heather is a North Carolina State Bar member, former Assistant District Attorney, and former president of the 30th Prosecutorial and Judicial District.

Additionally, Heather volunteers and serves on boards with several organizations such as the Great Smokies Health Foundation, the Center for Domestic Peace, and multiple child advocacy centers.


About the NC Association of County Attorneys: The NC Association of County Attorneys is an unincorporated non-profit affiliate organization of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners composed of attorneys providing legal services to North Carolina counties who are designated as either County Attorney, Deputy County Attorney, Associate County Attorney, Assistant County Attorney, or any other similar title.

About the NCACC: The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is the official voice of all 100 counties on issues being considered by the General Assembly, Congress and federal and state agencies. The Association provides expertise to counties in the areas of advocacy, research, risk management and education and leadership training.