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New lake patrol officer a familiar face to many

A new face will be on the lake this summer, but it’s one some long time residents may remember.
Jeff Warlick is now the new Lincoln County lake patrol officer as of Friday, returning back full-time after retiring from the Sheriff’s Office four years ago.
“Jeff is a really good officer and we are pleased to have him back,” said Sheriff Barbara Pickens. “He enjoys the lake and the people on it. I think he will be a real asset.”
Warlick replaces Officer Darrell Hutchens, who left the post after nine years with the Sheriff’s Office at the end of April to accept a position at a private industry in Charlotte.
“It was a big loss, I hated to lose him,” Pickens said. “But it was a good opportunity for him, so I can understand.”
Hutchens will still help out part-time with lake patrol on the weekends if needed, Pickens said.
Warlick has a total of 15 years of law enforcement experience. He worked for the Sheriff’s Office for nine years and was one of the officers that started the lake patrol seven years ago.
“I am looking forward to meeting the people and seeing all the changes to the lake,” he said.
When Hutchens left his position, Warlick said the Sheriff’s Office called him to ask him to come back to work full-time. He had been working on a part-time basis as needed.
He is excited to be back on the lake and started training over Memorial Day weekend.
“I am sure that there is a lot of development, no doubt, on the lake,” he said. “But the people and the concerns are still the same.”
Warlick will patrol the lake with help from Bruce White and Lt. Howard Eason, district supervisor for the east end of the county.
Warlick is a native of Lincoln County. He lives in west Lincoln.
by Amy Wadsworth

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