By Jean Gordon
A new Town Manager has been hired for the Town of Lake Lure and he will begin his official duties on August 1.
Ronald W. Nalley, who currently serves as the Administrator for the Town of Montreat, will move his family to Lake Lure in the future after Lake Lure Town Council unanimously named him Town Manager.
Nalley was among 127 applicants to apply for the position left vacant when former manager Chris Braund resigned in March after seven years at the helm of town government in Lake Lure.
Nalley lives in Black Mountain and has been the Town Administrator for the past 12 years.
“He brings with him extensive municipal experience,” said Lake Lure Mayor Bob Keith.
Nalley received a Bachelor’s Degree in political science and did graduate work in public administration at Appalachian State University. He has performed a cumulative total of 23 years of public service in the Town of Black Mountain, the Town of Woodfin, in McDowell County and is his current position in Montreat.
“Ron plans to move to the Lake Lure area and will hit the ground running the first of August,” Keith said.
“I am honored and excited to have been selected by the Lake Lure Town Council as the nest Town Manager,” Nalley said Thursday. “Lake Lure offers the opportunity to bring together so many things from my professional career over the last 23 years. I look forward to working for and with the residents and visitors of the town and to joining the strong governing team already in place.”
“We are delighted to have Ron on board and welcome him to our community,” said Lake Lure Mayor Bob Keith.
Since Braund’s resignation became effective on March 31, Finance Officer Sam Karr has served as the town’s interim manager and will remain in that role until Aug 1.