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Town of Spindale Planning and Zoning Administrator

The Town of Spindale, (population 4,193) located in the foothills of NC, is seeking applicants for the position of Planning and Zoning Administrator. The Spindale Planning and Zoning Administrator position represents an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team in a town that is experiencing an exciting revitalization of its downtown, along with substantial residential growth. Spindale is also the hub of the Thermal Belt Rail Trail, an amazing greenway stretching 13.5 miles through the heart of Rutherford County.

The Planning and Zoning Administrator is responsible for maintaining and administering the town’s zoning and subdivision ordinances, issuing zoning permits, coordinating special use permits, variance requests, rezoning applications, text amendments and meeting with property owners. The ideal candidate will possess strong communication and interpersonal skills and be able to handle interactions with staff, residents and developers with considerable tact and professionalism.

Staff liaison to the Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, and related advisory boards; advertises meetings; develops agenda materials and keeps minutes; follows up on decisions or questions. The Planner will also serve on a variety of other local boards and steering committees. The Planning and Zoning Administrator reports directly to the Town Manager. The successful candidate will possess a degree in planning, political science, or a similarly related field and have at least three years of experience working in local government, or a similar combination of skills and experience. Experience with GIS, grant writing and/or transportation planning preferred.

The hiring range will be $45,536 to $56,920, and the starting salary for this position will be commensurate with the candidate’s background, education, and experience. Benefits include vacation and sick leave, 4.5% 401k contribution, local government retirement, paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance. Applications may be obtained on our website at www.spindalenc.net. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and application to Cathy Swafford, Human Resources Officer by email: cswafford@spindalenc.net or by mail to PO BOX 186, Spindale, NC 28160. The position will remain open until filled; however, the first review of candidate applications will take place on September 9, 2022.

The Town of Spindale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Town of Spindale

is currently accepting applications for the position of

Police Lieutenant

The Town of Spindale is seeking candidates for the position of Police Lieutenant. This position is assigned special administrative and management work as well as serving as an investigator assisting in crimes. Responsibilities include participating in the hiring and promotional processes for the department, assisting with updating departmental policies and procedures, assisting with budget preparation and administration; representing the department and Chief at various community and Town functions, committees, etc.; participating in departmental planning, development of mission and vision, and departmental philosophy; and other administrative work. The Police Lieutenant assists in developing and administering grants, coordinates staffing for special events, and participates in the patrol and investigations work as needed. Work requires the application of advanced law enforcement knowledge and application of independent judgement and initiative. Work involves frequent public contact which requires tact, firmness, and decisiveness. The employee is subject to hazards in law enforcement work including working in both inside and outside environments, in extreme hot and cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such as dangerous persons, loud noises, hazardous spills with fumes, oils, gases or flammable liquids. Work is subject to the final OSHA standards on blood borne pathogens. Work is performed in accordance with departmental policy and state and federal law, supplemented with specific directions from the Police Chief. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Police Chief and is evaluated through observation, discussion, and review of reports. At least three years of leadership experience in a law enforcement agency is preferred along with a combination of training, education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to function in this capacity. Must have NC BLET certification and be able to perform all law enforcement duties. Hiring range $52,714.00 - $65,893.00 Salary DOQE, EOE. Interested applicants please submit resume and cover letter to Chief of Police, P.O. Box 186 Spindale, NC 28160 or in person at 125 Reveley St. Spindale, NC 28160. Open until filled.


The Town of Spindale

is currently accepting applications for the position of

Police Officer

Spindale Police Department

An employee in this class performs a full range of general law enforcement duties in the patrol division. Work includes patrolling the Town during a shift in a police car, on foot, by bicycle, or other appropriate means - preventing, detecting and investigating disturbances and crime; investigating traffic accidents, helping victims, and performing traffic control work; apprehending suspects; testifying in court; and executing related assignments. Employees must exercise judgment, initiative and calm control when performing duties, but more difficult problems are normally carried out under the direction or in conjunction with the Police Sergeant. Work involves frequent public contact which requires tact, firmness, and decisiveness. Work is performed in accordance with departmental policy and state and federal law, supplemented with specific directions from superior officers. Employees are subject to the usual hazards of law enforcement work. The employees are also subject to Level III OSHA Standards on blood borne pathogens. Work is performed under regular supervision, and is evaluated through observation, review of reports, and discussion concerning how particular incidents or activities were handled. Applicants must be BLET certified; a resident of North Carolina; possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license; have a High School Diploma or equivalent and pass an extensive background investigation to include drug testing.

Benefits include: Competitive salary, health, dental and vision insurance, state retirement, and 401k, paid holidays, vacation and sick days. Hiring Range $41,303.00 - $51,629.00

Applications may be requested at the Spindale Town Hall 125 Reveley Street Spindale, NC 28160 and should be submitted to: Chief of Police, Town of Spindale, open until filled. EOE.



General Statement of Duties

Performs equipment operation in the collection and disposal of residential garbage for the Town; serves as lead worker with staff and/or inmates.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

Employees in this class operate a larger motorized compacting truck on an assigned route to collect and dispose of household garbage and refuse from residential and business areas. Other tasks include collecting furniture, construction debris, appliances and yard waste with flatbed dump truck, operating leaf vacuum, and participating on other crews as needed. Work requires skill in the operation of heavy equipment in tight spaces and/or on crowded streets. Work is performed in accordance with established safety rules and regulations and the employee is held accountable for the successful completion of the route. Employees are subject to hazards of sanitation work including working in an outside environment exposed to extreme cold, heat, noise, atmospheric conditions, chemicals, moving mechanical parts, oils, and skin irritates. Work is also subject to the final OSHA standards on blood borne pathogens. Work is performed under general supervision and is evaluated by observation for efficiency and effectiveness.

Duties and Responsibilities - Essential Duties and Tasks

Operates a hydraulic compacting truck as a team leader in the collection and disposal of household residential garbage; leads inmates or other staff on the team; operates hydraulic lift to dump heavy roll out cans; takes truck to landfill and dumps load; cleans and maintains truck.

Operates a large flatbed dump truck to collect furniture, appliances, construction debris, and yard waste; may pull leaf vacuum behind dump truck; transports refuse to various appropriate sites for disposal.

Gets out of truck to move cans or other items blocking the way or to help elderly or disabled customers with their cans.

Watches out for safety of crew; helps train new staff.

Checks fluid levels; performs preventive maintenance and minor repairs and related care of motorized equipment; cleans and deodorizes truck.

Makes records of unusual situations on route and places notices on uncollectable materials.

Participates as part of other crews in checking and maintaining lift stations, repairing sewer lines, operating sewer jet, patching asphalt, replacing or repairing street signs or other related tasks.

May assist garage mechanic with servicing and repairing vehicles.

Additional Job Duties

Performs related duties as required.

Recruitment and Selection Guidelines

Knowledges Skills and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of the street system of the Town.

Considerable knowledge of the operation and maintenance of motorized sanitation equipment.

Considerable knowledge of the hazards of the work and related safety precautions.

Working knowledge of traffic laws, ordinances, and regulations regarding the operation of motorized equipment.

Working knowledge of Town policies and regulations regarding the collection and disposal of

solid waste materials.

Sanitation Equipment Operator

Skill in operation of large heavy trucks.

Ability to prepare records of work activities.

Ability to lead a team, teach work methods, and ensure team work quality.

Ability to learn and follow routes.

Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.

Ability to work in all types of weather.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, reaching, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, and perform repetitive motions.

Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally; 20 pounds frequently; and 10 pounds constantly.

Must possess the visual acuity to operate a motorized sanitation equipment and distinguish traffic patterns to avoid injury to self and others and to prepare work records.

Desirable Education and Experience

Graduation from high school and experience in the operation of motorized vehicles and in the collection of trash and refuse; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirement

Possess of valid North Carolina grade B commercial driver's license.

Possession of inmate supervision certification.

Spindale 2016 - Special Note: This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job junctions, and recommended job requirements. However, for each individual positions assigned to this class, there is available a completed job questionnaire with a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about that one specific position. Those documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process. They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions.


Volunteer Firefighter

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High school diploma or equivalent; Clear criminal and driving record; NC Drivers license, dependable transportation; Healthy with ability to perform firefighter tasks; Must reside within 3 miles of the town limits; Desire to serve our citizens;

No Experience Required


Volunteer stipend based on Certification levels; Enrollment in the NC Firefighters pension; On the job and CE training.

Print or pick up an application packet from Town Hall

Please remit all applications to Spindale Town Hall, 125 Reveley St., Spindale, NC 28160.

during normal business hours 8am-5pm Mon-Fri.

Please attach your resume with the completed application.

or scan and email completed applications to: cswafford@spindalenc.net

Town of Spindale - EOE


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Maintenance Worker

General Statement of Duties

Perform unskilled work in grounds Maintenace including mow, trim, clean, and maintain public grounds. Work also includes collecting leaves on a crew, assisting with asphalt maintenance, concrete construction and maintenance, assisting with maintenance of drainage systems, and other unskilled work. Other duties include assisting with signing for construction and flagging traffic, repair potholes, and assisting on other jobs as needed.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to perform heavy duty work and lift up to 100 pounds. Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions. Must possess the ability to safely operate small equipment such as mowers, trimmers, and trucks.

Desirable Education and Experience

Must have High School Diploma or equivalent

Special Requirements

Must possess a valid North Carolina driver's license


General Statement of Duties

Perform skilled mechanical work on a variety of automobiles, light equipment, and heavy equipment.

Distinguishing Features

The employee preforms automotive and mechanical work repairing gasoline and diesel equipment. The work requires operation of various test equipment and hand tools in order to support the work activities. Employee exercise judgment in diagnosing potential problems and malfunctions of vehicles and equipment to determine necessary repairs. Employee may be required to work weekend, standby, and call back occasionally. The employee is subject to hazard of mechanic work including working in extreme weather conditions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Diagnoses, adjust, repairs and services a variety of light equipment, trucks, cars and construction equipment. Including repairs and overhauls to breaks, ignitions and fuel systems, electrical systems, hydraulic systems, differentials and front or rear axel assemblies. Perform regular routine maintenance of vehicle and equipment according to the maintenance schedule.

Physical requirement

Must be able to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, and perform repetitive motions. Must be able to perform heavy work exerting up to one hundred pounds of force occasionally

Education and Experience

High School Diploma or GED required.

Salary Range $33,980.00 - $42,475.00