Reception held to offer best wishes on his retirement.
The Town of Franklin hosted a reception last Friday for the retiring Town Manager Sam Greenwood.
Greenwood has been Franklin's Town Manager since 2008 when Franklin began to use a council-manager form of government. In a council-manager form of government, the manager works at the will of the elected aldermen. The aldermen develop policy, pass ordinances, and develop he overall vision of the town while the manager is tasked with carrying out their wishes. Prior to becoming town manager, Greenwood served as the Macon County manager.
In the Town Hall board room employees from the Town of Franklin and others who have worked with Greenwood and appreciated his service over the years, gathered to offer their best wishes.
The incoming Town Manager, Warren Cabe, took the floor to praise Greenwood's service, presenting him with a plaque from the citizens of Franklin.
“We could have presented this on behalf of the Board of Aldermen, but you've done so much for the Town of Franklin, it is only fitting that it's from the citizens,” said Cabe.
Many of those in attendance spoke up to show their admiration for the exiting manager.
“I just wanted to thank you for everything you've taught me boss,” Town Planner Derek Roland said. “I remember when I came over from the county, you told me, ‘you're a professional, you know how to do your job,’ but if I've needed something, you've always helped me. I don't think there could be a more knowledgeable person.”
Town employee Wayne Price followed Roland with the same sentiment, but Greenwood countered by pointing out that the most important thing a manager can do is bring in an able workforce that can do the jobs that they are assigned.
“I just want to thank you for being such a progressive manager,” said Alderman Sissy Pattillo. “There were often things that needed to be done that some managers wouldn't have been able to do, but you always recognized the importance of what we asked of you and you made it happen.”
“We've made a lot of progress in five years. When I first came in, we had our first retreat,” said Greenwood. “The board had a lot of things that they wanted to get done. A lot of things needed to get done. I think we've achieved most all of those goals. We said it wasn't going to come easy and before you build, you have to tear down, you have to restructure. You have to take a hard-nosed approach, but the end result is what you have to look for. I told the board that I hoped when we got through with everything we were still on speaking terms.”
In the months leading up to his retirement, Greenwood spent time training Cabe to take over the position. Cabe, formerly Fire and Emergency Management Director, officially began his tenure as manager Monday, Mar. 25.
“I want to wish Sam the best in his retirement, but knowing him, I don't expect he'll stay retired long,” said Alderman, Bob Scott. “I'm looking forward to working with Warren. I've known him for many years and he has always impressed me with his knowledge and work ethic. We have some big infrastructure projects the town must wrestle with and I believe Warren is the right person at the right time to work with town employees, the board and mayor on these pressing issues.”