Meet Our Team
Honorable Johnny Hutchins – Cleveland County Commissioner
First Stakeholder for FPSCCC
Johnny Hutchins is a Kings Mountain High School graduate (Class of
63) and later after military service went to Gaston College. Johnny was married 32 years to Mary Ann Hendern who passed away from breast cancer in 2000. He has two daughters and one son all of which are married and reside in Cleveland County along with 7 granddaughters, 1 grandson and 1 great grandson.
Johnny served with the US Army 1963-1967 as an infantryman. The Army introduced him to competitive shooting when he first got active in with an Army Rifle Team. Since his military days Johnny has kept up his shooting and is a regular competitor in 3-Gun, IDPA and Glock matches. He also enjoys hunting especially deer and turkey. Johnny Hutchins also continued his public service by serving over a decade with the Kings Mountain Rescue Squad rising up through the organization to the rank of Captain. After Johnny retired from FMC Lithium Mining in 2002, he ran a successful campaign to be elected to the Cleveland County Board of County Commissioners, where he has held that seat in every election since.
Johnny went into public service because he enjoys meeting and helping the citizens of Cleveland County. While Johnny has many duties as a Commissioner he particularly enjoys working with American Legion World Series and Foothills Public Shooting Complex.
Range Master – Foothills Public Shooting Complex
Ron Newcomb is a Cleveland County native where he graduated from Shelby High School (Class of 86) and earned his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice at Cleveland Community College.
Ron served in the US Army in the elite 10th Mountain Division where he earned the rank of Sergeant and was deployed to the Middle East during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
After separating from the Army, Ron joined the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy in 1992. Ron has served in various units to include: Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Court Security and Training. Ron has been promoted to Sergeant in 1999 and to Lieutenant in 2006. Ron is certified by the State of North Carolina as a General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Physical Fitness and Rapid Deployment. Ron currently commands the Special Emergency Response Team and is the lead firearms instructor for the Sheriff’s Office and is assigned to the Foothills Public Shooting Complex as the Range Master.
Ron has been shooting competitively under the following sanctioned forums: GSSF (Glock) where he is classified as a Master Shooter, IDPA, USPSA, 3-Gun and NRA Law Enforcement.
In his role as Range Master Ron is responsible for training Range Safety Officers, establishing standard operating procedures, ensuring the ranges are properly maintained, long range planning, special events, Law Enforcement Agency liaisons and the daily operations at the Foothills Public Shooting Complex.
Ron’s main objective is to provide the public a safe environment to enjoy the shooting sports and to educate shooters on firearm safety.
Kerry, a lifelong resident of Lincoln County, is the Office Manager for Foothills Public Shooting Complex of Cleveland County. A graduate of Lincolnton High, Kerry then earned a degree in Medical Office Administration and worked in the field until joining the team at Foothills in April 2016.
Kerry has been married 20 years to Jeff Millwood and they have a 13 year old son, 27 year old step-daughter and 3 grandchildren together.
Kerry enjoys shooting handguns and family vacations at the beach. Her favorite part of her job at Foothills Public Shooting Complex is meeting returning and first time shooters checking in at the Range Office.