San Juan County Council selects Richard Fralick as chairman for 2010

County Council Chairman Richard Fralick and Vice Chairwoman Lovel Pratt.   - San Juan County Communications Department
County Council Chairman Richard Fralick and Vice Chairwoman Lovel Pratt.
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The San Juan County Council has unanimously selected Fourth District Council member Richard Fralick to chair the council for the next year and First District Council member Lovel Pratt as vice chairman.

Fralick, a 28-year resident of Orcas Island, has a long history of community involvement, including service as a member of the Board of Freeholders, the board of the Orcas Medical Center Association, the Orcas Island School Board and other community organizations. He was elected to a four-year term on the council in November 2008.

After a career as a researcher, scientist and teacher, Fralick now owns and operates All Dreams Cottages on Orcas, where he lists his job titles as bookkeeper, carpenter, concierge, designer, gardener, host, housekeeper, landscaper, painter, plumber and repairman. He holds a PhD in physics from the University of Pittsburgh and certificates in medical engineering from the University of Washington.

More information about the council’s new chairman is available at

The newly selected council vice-chairwoman, Lovel Pratt, was also first elected to the council in 2008. Before serving on the council, she was a long-time member and twice chairwoman of the San Juan County Planning Commission.

Pratt is the co-owner of Mulno Cove Farm and has been active in agriculture organizations and issues in San Juan County as an officer of the San Juan Farmers Market Association, food systems education coordinator for the WSU Extension program, and she has been honored for her work in promoting affordable housing.

More information about the council’s new vice-chairwoman is available online at

The chair of the County Council presides over council meetings and is the ceremonial head of the county. In the absence of the chair, the vice-chair takes over those duties.

Fralick and Pratt will assume their new positions at the Jan. 12 council session.

Second District Council member Rich Peterson has served as council chairman for the past year.

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