Following a closed session of the Franklin Board of Alderman Tuesday night, Town Manager Sam Greenwood announced Wednesday afternoon that Warren Cabe will be replacing him as manager, effective mid 2013.
“I have been authorized by the Town Board of Aldermen to continue the transition plan for Warren Cabe to be trained for eventual appointment as Town Manager,” said Greenwood in a submitted announcement. “Mr. Cabe currently serves as Fire Chief for the Town of Franklin coming to the town after several years as Emergency Management Director for Macon County.”
Since beginning work with the Town of Franklin last year, Cabe has been responsible for the reorganization of the Franklin Fire Department, providing the leadership, which along with the hard work of Franklin Fire Department firemen and many other Town and County employees, allowed Franklin Fire Department to do well in its ISO rating.
“We anticipate a substantial reduction in insurance rates for Town and fire district property owners,” said Greenwood. “An official announcement is due by the first of November.”
Greenwood, who came out of retirement in Spring 2008, was charged with specific tasks in mind. “When I took this job for the Aldermen, the idea was to convert the board to a structure working with the Town Manager, and to do a number of renovations,” said Greenwood on Wednesday. “We had projects that are nearing their completion like the sewer and water renovation projects. I was also charged with the task of finding and recruiting someone locally to work their way up and be hired from inside to assume the position as Town Manager, and we have done that with Warren.”
According to Greenwood, during the transition process Cabe will finish the restructuring of the Franklin Fire Department, put a core management team in place and begin the process of selecting a Fire Chief candidate to replace him when he moves to the Town Manager position. Cabe will act as the assistant Town Manager while learning the ins and outs of the position.
“Mr. Cabe anticipates this work to conclude by the first of 2013,” said Greenwood. “At that point the Town Board, Mr. Cabe and I will move to review progress and decide on the time track for the completion of the transition to take place. In the meantime Mr. Cabe will be taking the City County Management Course at the Institute of Government at Chapel Hill as well as such other class training as appropriate. Additionally, administrative responsibilities will be gradually transferred to Mr. Cabe. To facilitate this I have changed Mr. Cabe’s job title to Assistant Town Manager.”
Greenwood also noted that, “In the first and second quarter of 2013, he will have direct involvement in the FY 2013- 2014 town budget process, town economic design zone and utility service allocation study and to review process of the town water systems study which will form the basis for the eventual expansion of the town water plant.”