Larry Chapman Photo BIOGRAPHY

Larry is a native of Transylvania County and was elected to the Board of Commissioners in November 2010 after his first run for political office.  He was reelected to his second term in November 2014.  In December 2016, Larry was elected by his fellow Commissioners to serve as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.  Larry is a graduate of Brevard High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Carolina University. After graduation from Western Carolina he entered the United States Marine Corps and upon completion of Officer Candidate School was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant as an infantry officer. After completion of active duty he returned to Transylvania County with his family. He remained in the US Marine Corps Reserves and retired as a Colonel after over 30 years total service.

Larry worked at the former Ecusta paper mill for over 27 years primarily in manufacturing supervision and marketing management. He traveled extensively around the world in support of the marketing and sales efforts for Ecusta. His main areas of responsibility were the Asia Pacific Area and Central and South America. Just prior to the closure of Ecusta he joined the delfortgroup which is located in Austria and has paper mills in various parts of the world. He is currently Vice President of Sales responsible for the sales of tobacco industry papers produced by delfortgroup and used by major tobacco companies in the US and Canada. He works from his home in Pisgah Forest, NC.

Larry is married to Jill Sheridan and has 3 children and two grandchildren. His granddaughter attends Brevard Middle School and his grandson attends Pisgah Forest Elementary School. He is involved with a number of veteran’s organizations and civic groups. His wife Jill is involved with numerous local historical societies, DAR, Colonial Dames and is chairperson of the Transylvania County Abandoned Cemeteries Board. He and his wife attend the First United Methodist Church in Brevard.

Q & A

Q: What makes Transylvania County so special to you? 
As a native of Transylvania County this is home to me and my family, I raised my three children here, it is very safe, clean and friendly community with citizens always willing to help each other when needed. It is a community that offers many cultural, recreational and educational opportunities for our citizens. Also it is a place where most people get along well with their neighbors and can enjoy the peace and comfort of a small community.

Q: In which ways do you hope to improve Transylvania County? 
As a Commissioner it is always important to try to balance the need for growth and economic development while maintaining our small town appeal. Our natural beauty and environment provide opportunities for increased tourism, appeal for small businesses to locate here and also attraction for people who work from home and eventually retire here.