ROCKAWAY BEACH — Although the April election is more than a month away, Rockaway Beach has a new mayor.
Michael McCabe, the only candidate to file for the April 2 election, was sworn in Monday night to complete the remainder of former Mayor Larry Cline’s term.
Cline resigned at the end of January, citing health and personal reasons. He and his wife sold their home and moved to Florida, Alderman Jerry Simms said.
McCabe was nominated by Simms Monday, in accordance with state statutes, and approved by the board of aldermen prior to being sworn in by Clerk Susan Kettlekamp.
“In view of the fact (that) Michael McCabe is the only candidate slated to be on the ballot, my intention is to nominate Michael for the board’s approval and for him to take a seat as interim Mayor to begin working on the people’s business,” Simms said earlier in the week.
Simms said McCabe’s shortened term will last until the April election results are certified.
Unless a write-in candidate receives more votes than McCabe, he will be sworn in yet again to officially begin his two-year term.
McCabe ran against Cline for mayor two years ago.
McCabe lost, by a vote of 74 to Cline’s 107, garnering approximately 42.5 percent of the vote.
He moved to Rockaway Beach in 2000, having spent weekends and holidays in the resort community growing up, he told the Branson Tri-Lakes News.
A self-described moderate Democrat, McCabe has been active in the community, serving previously as the city’s emergency management director.