Current Openings: Police Officer and Hydroelectric Plant Operator I

1) Police Officer: The Town of Lake Lure Police Department is accepting applications for a Police Officer.   

  • North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Certificate is required.

  • Applicants must have no criminal history.

  • Thorough criminal, financial and driver’s record checks will be conducted prior to employment. 

  • Starting salary for this position is $34,412 plus benefits which include health, dental, vision, life insurance and retirement.

Click here to download the Town of Lake Lure application packet for Police Officers, or you may pick up an application packet from the Lake Lure Police Department, 2950 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC.  Application and resume should be submitted no later than Monday, December 31, 2018 to Police Chief, Sean Humphries at the Lake Lure Police Department, PO Box 195, Lake Lure, NC  28746.  For further information call 828-625-4685.

2) Hydroelectric Plant Operator I

The Town of Lake Lure is seeking a qualified individual to perform technical operational and maintenance functions regulating appropriate lake levels and operating and maintaining the Town’s hydroelectric generation system.

    • Work involves monitoring lake levels, taking readings, operating the generators and gates, and performing general, routine and preventative maintenance on electric generators and to perform other related work as required.  
    • Minimum requirements include graduation from high school or GED equivalency.
    • Applicants must have valid NC Driver’s License and a Collections System Operator Grade I is desired. 
      • This is a 40 hour per week schedule working third shift, after a period of first shift training, subject to call-back at any time and includes being on call every third weekend .
        • The hiring rate is $36,133, plus benefits which include health, dental, vision, life insurance and retirement as outlined below.
          • After six months satisfactory probationary period the pay increases to $37,940. 
            • The position reports to the Public Works Director. 

            Click here to download the Town of Lake Lure application packet.  Send applications to: HR Coordinator, Amy Wright,  P. O. Box 255, Lake Lure, NC 28746 or by email to    Applications must be received by Monday, December 31, 2018.

            The Town of Lake Lure is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.


            General Overview of benefits for Full-time employees:


            The Town provides a defined benefit pension plan which is mandatory and a traditional 401K deferred savings plan which is mandatory for law enforcement officers but optional for general employees.  The Town is also required by NC General Statutes to pay each officer, upon retirement, a separation allowance if the officer meets qualifying conditions set forth in the General Statutes.


            The Town participates in the Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System through the State of North Carolina.  Employees working a regular position averaging 1,000 or more work hours per year must be enrolled and contributing a percentage of their salary.  The Town makes a contribution for all general employees and law enforcement officers in addition to the employee's contribution. The Town also contributes a percentage of employees' salaries into the state retirement system for retiree health coverage.


            The plan is administered through Prudential Retirement.  The Town must contribute at least 5 percent of each law enforcement officer's compensation.  The Town makes a matching contribution of up to 5 percent for general employees including firefighters.

            Separation Allowance

            The Town is required by General Statutes to pay each officer upon retirement a special separation allowance equal to 0.85 percent of the annual equivalent to the officer's last base rate of pay, multiplied by the officer's number of years of creditable service, if the officer meets certain qualifying conditions set forth in the General Statutes.

            Worker's Compensation:

            The Town is required either to purchase third-party worker's compensation insurance or to self-fund a program to provide for medical coverage, rehabilitation expenses, and loss of income for employees who have suffered on the job injuries or illnesses.  By statute the worker's compensation benefit is 66.66 percent of the injured worker's average weekly wage.  The benefit is tax-free and therefore approximates and employee's take-home pay.

            Unemployment Benefits:

            The NC Employment Security Act requires NC local government employers to participate in its employer-financed program to provide partial-income replacement benefits to employees who have lost their jobs.  The Town, unlike private employers, is not subject to the payroll tax that funds unemployment benefits unless they choose to participate in the program on an experience-rated basis.  The Town participates on a so-called reimbursement basis under which pays the ESC for the amounts that the ESC has expended in providing unemployment benefits to former employees.