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Chief of Police

The Spindale Police Department is searching for a dedicated, trustworthy and charismatic professional to lead the Department as its next Chief of Police. This Chief must be knowledgeable in all aspects of law enforcement and be a proven leader with a strong commitment to building the Department into a cohesive group where each Officer feels valued and appreciated, which in turn empowers the Officer to excel. Leading by example our Chief will be fair, empathetic, and approachable while being a strong advocate not only for the Department but the Community as well. As an unselfish leader, you must have a keen understanding that Department morale is the driving force for recruitment and retention as well as excellence in service delivery. Your Officers desire consistent leadership that instills confidence and breeds success, creating a flagship agency that is second to none.

Our Community:

Centrally located between Asheville, Charlotte, Hickory and Spartanburg, Spindale is a charming community of approximately 4,200 residents in Rutherford County and offers an excellent quality of life. Established in 1923, as a mill village, Spindale will celebrate its textile heritage as well as its evolution to a more diversified local economy based on outdoor recreation, during the centennial celebration planned for 2023. We are proud of our community and our heritage, while at the same time proactively planning for the future, which includes the continuation of the Main Street streetscape enhancements and the construction of skatepark and pump track. The Thermal Belt Rail Trail, a 13.5-mile greenway, runs through the heart of downtown and provides our citizens, as well as visitors a chance to soak up our railroad history and get a little exercise at the same time. Our downtown is thriving, especially at night, with some of the best restaurants and live music in the County.

About the Department:

The ideal candidate must be a strong, team-oriented leader that promotes trust among all levels of the Police Department, Town employees, Town Officials, as well as the community at large. The Police Chief position is responsible for the supervision and performance of 11 full time Officers, 1 part time Evidence Manager, and a Reserve Division currently consisting of 7 Officers. The Chief is supervised by the Town Manager and serves as commander of the Police Department. The Police Chief provides overall direction of the Department and staff including planning and directing all department activities; coordinating and implementing policies and procedures; preparing and maintaining department budget; organizing and coordinating programs and operations; and advancing the department’s mission in support of the Town of Spindale using best practices for law enforcement.

Your Qualifications:

· Proven track record of success and experience in applying management, creativity, and analytical abilities to work collaboratively and cooperatively in a comparable department.

· An exceptional communicator, able to thoughtfully represent the interests of the department and the Town, with a high level of community presence and responsiveness.

· High school diploma required, strongly prefer graduation from college with a degree in criminal justice or police science, supplemented by advanced courses in police administration and extensive experience of a progressively responsible nature in law enforcement work, including supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

· Experience in a law enforcement Command Staff capacity (Lieutenant or higher rank) with a minimum cumulative 7 years experience in progressive supervisory/management experience and a range of operational and administrative experience commensurate to the duties and

responsibilities of a Police Chief in a similarly sized jurisdiction; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

· Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate and executive management and leadership training.

· Meet current requirements set forth by NC Criminal Justice Training and Standards for Police Officers and possess a valid North Carolina Driver’s License.


Hiring range is $70,643.00 - $88,304.00 annually. The Town provides a competitive benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life coverage; Sick, Vacation, and Holiday leave; NC LGERS retirement, 5% 401k contribution, assigned take home vehicle, and continuing education assistance.

Application Process:

The Town of Spindale strives to find the best candidate for the Town and its citizens. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. Initial review of applications will begin on December 28, 2022. To apply, please download the employment application, complete it, and email to cswafford@spindalenc.net along with a resume and cover letter. You may download the application and view the full job description on our website www.spindalenc.net. If you are concerned about email security, you may send the printed application via US Postal or other mail service and mail to PO Box 186, Spindale, NC 28160. Paper applications are available at Spindale Town Hall, 125 Reveley St., Spindale, NC 28160.

The successful candidate will be subjected to extensive background investigations, including criminal history, employment, education and military history, and a pre-employment drug screen and physical. Position is open until filled.

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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

Employment Application

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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

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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 $37,463.00 - $46,829.00

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The Town of Spindale is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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