“Once you become accustomed to emergency service and when you’re in that field, it’s hard to change,” Cabe said.
Cabe held the emergency services director position for 15 years, from 1996 to 2011, before leaving to become the Franklin fire chief. He held that job for two years and then moved on to become town manager. By the time his resignation takes effect, he will have been the manager for one year, one month and one day.
“The experience I have gained while serving the Town of Franklin will stay with me forever,” Cabe wrote in his resignation letter.
As Cabe begins the transition to his new — or old, depending how you look at it, old — job, Franklin’s will have to undergo a transition of its own.
“All of this has caught us by surprise,” said Bob Scott, Franklin’s mayor.
In all likelihood, the town board will have to appoint an interim town manager to hold down the fort while it finds the right candidate to fill the position.
“What I would like to do, with the board’s approval, is to call a special meeting and work with the North Carolina League of Municipalities to have a search for town manager,” Scott said.
The mayor plans to put the manager search on as an agenda item for the board’s next regular meeting on May 5.
“It will be up to the board of aldermen to go about naming or recruiting a manager,” Scott said. “The board hires the manager. The manager reports to the board.”