The Lake Lure Town Council unanimously passed Resolution
19-08-13B appointing Carol C. Pritchett as the Mayor of the
Town of Lake Lure Mayor on Wednesday, 8/13/19. Mayor
Pritchett will complete former Mayor Kevin Cooley’s
unexpired term, following his untimely passing.
Mrs. Pritchett was sworn into office at the Lake Lure Town
Council Meeting on Wednesday, 8/13/19. This appointment
became effective August 14, 2019 and will remain in effect for
the remaining term of the former Mayor. The appointment will
expire in conjunction with the official oath of office for the
newly elected Mayor, at the Regular Town Council Meeting
on December 10, 2019. The filing period for the 2019
municipal election has expired and Mrs. Pritchett is the
only person running for Mayor. She will therefore be the next elected Mayor of Lake Lure.
Following the passing of the resolution, Mayor Pritchett thanked Town Council and Mayor Pro Tem
John Moore for her appointment as Mayor and for their service to the Town of Lake Lure. She
recognized the many accomplishments of former Mayor Kevin Cooley during his tenure and remarked
that he was an incredible presence in our community. She stated that his work will survive his passing
and noted that we would all profit from his efforts for a long time to come.
Mayor Pritchett added that she thought the community had a shared goal of preserving Lake Lure for future generations. She shared that she and her husband, Joe
Pritchett, moved to Lake Lure from Houston, Texas in 2011. Mayor Pritchett noted that she and her husband built a home in Lake Lure to establish a gathering place for their family, including their two sons and their wives, including five grandchildren.
Mayor Pritchett stated “For the first time in a long time we have a good sense of the challenges that we are facing and the things that need to be done. I look forward to working with all of you in the future.”
Mayor Pro Tem John Moore remarked that “Carol C. Pritchett has vast experience and an outstanding
track record of establishing operational excellence and driving profitable, sustainable, revenue growth,
while championing optimal outcomes. She has 17+ years of experience managing national
organizations with annual revenue in excess of $300M and more than 70 separate facilities in 13 states
across the country. She is a results-driven, transparent, and inclusive leader who will serve Lake Lure
well. Lake Lure is fortunate to have Carol Pritchett as Mayor as she will help the Town expand the
current positive trajectory and help us address the infrastructure challenges we face, while building
upon the exceptional beauty that surrounds Lake Lure.”
Carol Pritchett founded Coulter Consulting LLC in Asheville, NC and served as President from 2014
until the present. Her company contracted with standalone healthcare facilities and oversaw their
operations including the establishment of strategic plans, policy development, training and successful
certifications. Mrs. Pritchett served as the Senior Vice President of Encore Healthcare
Corp in Columbia, MD from 2011 – 2014 and as a Regional Vice President of Operations with Life Care
Centers of America, Inc. in Houston, TX from 2015 to 2011. The Town of Lake Lure is honored to have
Carol C. Pritchett as their new Mayor.