PRINEVILLE, OR -- Crook County Judge Mike McCabe said his final goodbyes, last week. He retired Friday after more than two decades of public service. McCabe did not run for re-election in November, choosing to retire at the end of his term.
He said his final public goodbye in a Crook County video podcast: "It’s been truly an honor to serve the constituents of Prineville and Crook County these past 24 years. And, I’m leaving a little bit sadly that I won’t maybe get to see some of you as much. As I go, I want you to know that we have a tremendous staff in Crook County. They’ve done a tremendous job and they’re just the greatest folks that I’ve had the pleasure of working with." He added, "I’ll be around; my home is here so if any of you want to contact me or stop by for a visit, please feel free to do it. I just live eight miles north of town on the Madras Highway. I’ll see you around town as time goes on. Again, it’s been my honor that you found me worthy to represent you through this whole process the last 24 years. So, thank you very much Crook County and the citizens of Prineville, and all the folks I’ve been able to work with over the years."
McCabe started as a County Commissioner in 1992; he was elected Judge in 2008. Seth Crawford now takes over as Judge, beating fellow Commissioner Ken Fahlgren in the November election, which leaves Crawford’s seat open. Newly elected Commissioner Jerry Brummer and Judge Crawford will appoint someone to that vacancy in the coming months.