A new face will be on the lake this summer, but itâ€™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 Sheriffâ€™s Office four years ago.
â€œJeff is a really good officer and we are pleased to have him back,â€ said Sheriff Barbara Pickens. â€œHe enjoys the lake and the people on it. I think he will be a real asset.â€
Warlick replaces Officer Darrell Hutchens, who left the post after nine years with the Sheriffâ€™s Office at the end of April to accept a position at a private industry in Charlotte.
â€œIt was a big loss, I hated to lose him,â€ Pickens said. â€œBut it was a good opportunity for him, so I can understand.â€
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 Sheriffâ€™s Office for nine years and was one of the officers that started the lake patrol seven years ago.
â€œI am looking forward to meeting the people and seeing all the changes to the lake,â€ he said.
When Hutchens left his position, Warlick said the Sheriffâ€™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.
â€œI am sure that there is a lot of development, no doubt, on the lake,â€ he said. â€œBut the people and the concerns are still the same.â€
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