The Mayor of the Village of Sugar Mountain over the last 13 years, Dennis Lacey, served his last day December 17th.

The Watauga Democrat reports Gunther Jochl was officially sworn in after running unopposed in November as Lacey decided not to run in 2019.

Jochl’s term, and that of council members Jonathan Green and Lewis (Van) Lecka, will run through December of 2023.

Green and Lecka also ran unopposed in November.

Originally from Austria, Jochl has run Sugar Mountain Resort for 43 of its 50 years of operation and was recently awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his work in the ski industry.

Jochl had previously served on the Village of Sugar Mountain Council in 2015.