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Lake Junaluska hires new director of public works


Dave Nicholson, a New Bern resident with extensive experience in public works management and leadership, recently joined Lake Junaluska Assembly as director of public works.

Nicholson has served as deputy public works officer for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, as well as director of public works for the city of Havelock and director of maintenance for Atlantic Marine Corps Communities. He also is a retired United States Marine Corps officer, having served as the Commanding Officer for Marine Wing Support Squadron-274 at Cherry Point.

In addition, Nicholson holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management from David Lipscomb University. He also has professional training in contract management, public works management and FEMA training in National Incident Management Systems.

Ken Howle, executive director of Lake Junaluska Assembly, said the experience Nicholson brings to the job will be a tremendous asset to Lake Junaluska Assembly Public Works, which oversees water and sewer services, solid waste disposal, street maintenance, security, property sales and new construction.

“Dave Nicholson has a unique blend of professional experience coupled with a strong personal alignment to the mission of Lake Junaluska to be a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body,” said Howle. “He will provide excellent leadership to public works, which is committed to ensuring the highest quality of life for Lake Junaluska residents and the community.”

Nicholson began work Sept. 3 and fills a position previously held by Jack Carlisle, who is retiring.

Nicholson said he is humbled and honored by the opportunity to join the public works team at Lake Junaluska.

“I look forward to getting to know members of the Lake Junaluska community and our neighbors throughout Haywood County,” he said. “I have a deep passion for the outdoors and look forward to exploring the many recreational resources that this area provides.”

Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska, visit


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