During Monday night's meeting, The Franklin Board of Aldermen received an update from Town Manager Sam Greenwood regarding the transition process that will ultimately result in Warren Cabe assuming the role as Franklin's manager.
According to a letter given by Greenwood before the start of the meeting, Greenwood's last day on the job will be March 29. “Warren Cabe and I have reached the conclusion that Warren will be ready to assume the duties of Town Manager effective April 1, 2013. Accordingly, I am giving notice under my contract that effectively my last day with the Town will be March 29, 2013.”
Greenwood came out of retirement in 2008 to lead the town as manager, and has since guided the town through a transition phase that found Franklin's government directed as a managerial government. After his contract expired on March 1, 2010 and an agreement was made to continue working with Greenwood until Feb. 28, 2012, he began searching for a replacement, and at the request of the board, searched from within current employees in the town to select his successor.
In September 2012, Greenwood informed the Town Board that Cabe has been selected as the next Town Manager and would begin working alongside Greenwood during a transition process. When Greenwood named Cabe as his successor, he also informed the board that the transition process would likely be complete by mid-2013.
Alderman Bob Scott emailed members of the board last week asking for information regarding the transition process and the length of time it has taken to replace Greenwood since his contract first expired. In his email to the board, Scott requested that the aldermen meet in either an open or closed session to discuss the process.
During Monday night's meeting, because it falls under a personnel issue, Scott requested a closed session to discuss the process. “I would simply like a discussion among board members about the length of time it has taken and for more information,” requested Scott upon making a motion for closed session.
Alderman Joyce Handley stated that she did not believe a closed session was necessary because the letter given to the board from Greenwood gave a definite date for his departure.
“Don't you think this is a decision the board should be making and then the town manager should be carrying out, instead of us just being told what is going to happen and when it is going to be done?” Scott asked.
Board members declined to entertain the discussion requested by Scott, and without garnishing a second vote from the board, his motion failed to carry.
As it stands, Greenwood's letter recommended that aldermen begin considering contractual negotiations with Cabe during the February or March board meetings. Greenwood also informed the board that he had already directed human resources to begin compiling compensation and benefit comparisons for review by the board.
In other news
The Town of Franklin adopted a workplace harassment policy during Monday night's regularly scheduled meeting. According to town attorney John Henning Jr., Human Resource director Ashley Hyder reviewed the town's personnel policy and discovered the the town's harassment policy had not yet been written.
Henning worked with Hyder to draft the policy, which is designed to establish that all town employees have the right to a workplace free from harassment.
In disbelief that such a policy was not already in effect, Scott made a motion to adopt the policy. After receiving a second vote from Alderman Verlin Curtis, the policy passed unanimously.
Franklin's Town Planner Derek Roland requested approval from the board to fill two vacancies left on the town's Planning Board. At the recommendation of Roland, the board unanimously voted to appoint Justin Setser, Macon County's GIS administrator to a term as a regular member of the Planning Board and realtor Peter Mosco as an alternate member.