Charles "Charlie" Cabler, Not Exactly City Manager, But Worth Every Penny of $220,000 As City Enabler
|Rose and Tony, A Few Years Ago,|
Before Father Time Took Its Toll
The implication was, that this was a devious move, with the inertia coming from Mayor Tony Martinez and Commissioner Rose Gowen, who are pushing the candidacy of the unqualified Evelyn Cantu for TSC Trustee Place 3, who is running against Dr. Tony Zavaleta.
While I don't know Mr. Cabler personally, I've observed him for a number of years. He doesn't initiate directives, orders. He follows them.
At the October 2014 Town Hall Meeting about the proposed sale of Lincoln Park to the University of Texas, Charlie Cabler was setting up the microphone for public comment. Initially, he was situating the mike to face four city commissioners plus UTB's Irv Downing, as if the taxpayers would be facing some sort of tribunal or parole board.
When I suggested to Charlie that his microphone placement would mean that public commenters would be giving their backs to the 300-400 attendees at the Tony Gonzalez gym, he quickly turned it around. But, when Commissioner Rick Longoria yelled to the City Manager: "Charlie, Jim isn't running this meeting. I am!" he turned the mike back around. See what I mean.
Cabler, an ex-cop, frequently falls back into training at town halls and city events, taking position, leaning against a back wall, with the entrance in full view, a security guard stance. But, if you approach him with a question about the event, he defers to the city commissioner or administrator running the show. Like Schultz from the Hogan's Heroes TV show: "I see nothing. I know nothing!"
I don't believe City Manager Charlie Cabler came up with the idea to take the Central Public Library and the Southmost Library out of the lineup of early voting stations. Charlie doesn't give orders. He follows them.
With this backdrop, as an enabler, not as a manager, the city commission recently gave Cabler an instant salary increase(raise) of $50,000, raising his salary to $220,000, $70,000 more than the salary of Texas Governor Greg Abbott.