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About Swain County

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Geographically, the county is spectacular. Much of it lies within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including its highest peak, Clingmans Dome. Four scenic rivers, the Nantahala, the Tuckasegee, the Oconaluftee and the Little Tennessee flow through the county and form the sprawling Lake Fontana, west of Bryson City, the county seat.

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The county also encompasses much of the Cherokee Indian Reservation, with its own independent government. Formed in 1871 from parts of Jackson County and Macon County, the county was named for David L. Swain, governor of North Carolina from 1832 to 1835. The estimated population in 2010 was 13,981. This was an increase of 7.8% from the 2000 census.

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Community Announcements

Swain County has an opening for a part-time Custodian. Please contact Elise Bryson in Swain County Human Resources at 828-488-9273 for more information.

Swain County has an opening for a Social Worker with Child Protection Services. Please contact Elise Bryson in Swain County Human Resources at 828-488-9273 for more information.

The Swain County Board of Elections posted the 2017 Official Elections Notice. Link

Swain County DSS Department has an opening for a Processing Assistant Open untill filled. Please contact Elise Bryson in Swain County Human Resources at 828-488-9273 for more information.

Swain County Health Department has an opening for an Environmental Health Specialist to educate the general public on environmental matters. Open until filled. Please contact Elise Bryson in Swain County Human Resources at 828-488-9273 for more information.

The Swain County Board of Elections has posted the list of candidates. LINK

The Swain County Board of Commissioners are accepting nominations for appointment to various boards/commissions. For more information, contact Cindi Woodard 488-9273. Application

Swain County Health Department has an opening for a RN - Public Health Nurse coordinate public health programs, work clinics and general nurse staff duties. Open until filled. Please contact Elise Bryson in Swain County Human Resources at 828-488-9273 for more information.

New hours of operation at the Swain County Waste Management Site are posted