MADISONVILLE, Ky. (6/5/14) — Mike Franklin, Madisonville’s City Administrator for the past seven years, is retiring on Oct. 1.

His replacement will be Major Chuck Shockley, a 24-year veteran of the Madisonville Police Department.

The role of the city administrative officer assisting the mayor in planning, organizing, supervising, coordinating and evaluating all activities and functions of the city. The city administrator advises the mayor on policy formulation regarding problems in the city, maintains direct relations with department heads on the implementation and administration of programs, and directs the city's financial planning, budgeting and accounting practices.

Shockley has served with MPD since 1990 and was born and raised in Madisonville. He graduated from Madisonville North Hopkins High School and Murray State University. He also has successfully completed the Criminal Justice Executive Program and programs with the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Va. He will officially step down from MPD on June 30 and begin a three-month transition starting July 1.

“Many have said, ‘Chuck, this will be much better. You won’t have to carry a gun and you won’t have to worry about being shot at any more,'” said Shockley. “Quite the contrary, folks. This is the real deal. I’ve been with Franko on several complaints already and I’m starting to wonder if I need to keep my bullet proof vest.”

The two men spoke to the Madisonville Rotary Club Wednesday. Shockley noted that they come from very different backgrounds and career paths. While they share a passion for service to the people of Madisonville and Hopkins County and see the city administrator as a service oriented job, Shockley pointed out that Franklin grew up in Muhlenberg County, and came from a profession at the YMCA and the Madisonville Parks Department where people were happy and “looking for a good time.”

Shockley said that on the other hand, he “was born and raised in Madisonville, and comes from 24 years of law enforcement — many times seeing the worst things your mind can even imagine; and, within minutes, seeing some of the greatest things you can imagine.”

Shockley gave a brief overview of city departments and their functions. He praised the dedication and hard work of city employees that often have to endure harsh weather conditions to make the lives of citizens better.

“What you will see is a big, tall, bald guy … and a very small shadow following him around trying to add to my tool box about the ins and outs of our city’s day to day operations,” Shockley said.

Franklin said that Shockley has already had a taste of the job having sat through the budget process.

“This will be a tight budget.” Franklin said. “Chuck was an excellent choice for the position.”

Franklin said that this past winter, “hit us hard.”

“It’s the first time we had to use snow emergency routes,” he said. “We are just now getting roads in shape.”

Franklin said that he has served under five mayors and has lots of projects left on his “to do” list.

“There will always be things on my ‘to do’ list,” he said.

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