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.