Commissioner McCabe, a native of Craven County, is the son of the late Rev. Roy and Bertha McCabe. He grew up in the Harlowe community and graduated from Havelock High School in 1967. After high school, he moved to Brooklyn, New York where he attended the Police Academy for six months, after graduating as a uniformed police officer with the New York City Housing Authority Police Department and worked with the New York City Police Department. He was later promoted to detective, assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division. Later assigned to Manhattan Narcotics Unit.
Following his retirement in 1995, Commissioner McCabe returned to Craven County, North Carolina and became active in the Harlowe community.
- Joined the Harlowe Volunteer Fire Department in 1996, serving three terms as Chief
- Elected to Board of Commissioners in 2006
- Harlowe Improvement Association
- Craven County Crime Stoppers Board
- Board of Directors of N.C. Association of County Commissioners
- Eastern Carolina Council Board of Directors
- Smart Start
- Down East RPO
- Local Emergency Planning Committee
- Havelock Library Board
- Old North State Award, awarded by Governor Roy Cooper
Some of my priorities for Craven County are:
- to support and enhance the County’s education system,
- enrichment of recreational outlets for County youth
- improve public safety and emergency services for all citizens
- improve County infrastructure, including better sewer, drainage, highways and secondary roads as well as in the City of Havelock.
Some of the highlighted achievements which Commissioner McCabe has been instrumental in bringing about include:
- Commissioner McCabe working with the other members of the Board of County Commissioners was instrumental in establishing the new Havelock Community Health Center. This center will not only serve the citizens of Commissioner McCabe's district and Commissioner George Liner's district, as well as residents of the surrounding areas.
- Helped obtain a Community Development Block Grants to provide county water to seven residences along Henderson Godette Road, off Adams Creek Road and, to re-construct homes for five (5) low to moderate income families in the Township 5 District.
- Worked with DOT for a beautification project at the intersection of Temples Point Road and NC Hwy 101 which included the planting of rose bushes, crepe myrtles and other assorted flowers.
- Coordinated with Community President and obtained County funding to improve the Harlowe Community picnic shelter, major items included painting, new roof and column repairs to the shelter, bathroom facility renovation, sand and cushion material under swing playground equipment and water outlet. This facility was renovated due to deterioration of the current facility and better accommodate usage by the community for cookouts and sports such as basketball, football, cheerleading and other activities.
- Responsible for parking lot improvements at Harlowe Community Center, to include resurfacing, relining parking spaces, and establishment of ADA-compliant handicap accessible spaces and no parking areas.
- facilitated with NC DOT for the installation of reflectors on the Core Creek Bridge that crosses the Intracoastal Waterway. Reflectors were installed to improve visibility for motorists traveling east and west;
- installation of guard rails on Highway 101;
- turning lane on Highway 101 and Ferry Road to improve safety;
- facilitated with NC Department of Transportation to take ownership and maintain Pine Cliff Road;
- facilitated with the NC DOT to obtain funding for the resurfacing and widening of Highway 101, Ferry Road (Highway 306), Blades Road, Fisher Town Road and portions of Adams Creek Road;
- coordinated with NC DOT to pave Smith Farm Road off Adams Creek Road and install additional fire hydrants for residents;
- widening and resurfacing of Temples Point Road from where it intersects with NC Hwy 101 all the way to Matthews Point Marina.
- involved with securing NC DOT funding to resurface Merrimon Road, which is located in the North River Community of Carteret County
- coordinated with NC DOT to replace and widen the Mill Pond bridge on Blades Road
- New fire stations built on Ferry Road to improve homeowners’ insurance rating thereby lowering homeowner insurance rates; coordinated efforts between Carteret County and the Harlowe Fire Department to ensure continued coverage and to maintain their insurance rating;
- worked with US Postal Service to have 29 (twenty-nine) mailboxes relocated to same side of highway and to senior citizen dwellings residing along Highway 101 and secondary roads for the purposes of resident and traffic safety;
- coordinated with NC DOT to install a 4-way stop on the intersection of Blades and Godette School Road for improved traffic safety;
- facilitated with NC DOT for the installation of an approaching traffic flashing light at the intersection of Highway 101 and Ferry Road;
- facilitated with NC DOT "No Fishing" signs on Mill Pond Bridge
- New Dollar General store being built on Hwy 101 for conveniences of the residents in the Harlowe Community and others who travel.
- Very instrumental in the debris removal project of the Harlowe Canal to provide a safer boating environment for the citizens of Craven County and Carteret County. The project included the removal of trees, logs and other associated debris from the canal. Commissioner McCabe also helped facilitate the debris removal project within the section of the Harlowe canal that is located in Carteret County. The residents of Ball Farm Road and surrounding areas were very pleased with Commissioner McCabe assistance to help solve this issue.
After Hurricane Isabel, coordinated efforts with the Carteret County Correctional Facility in Newport to utilize approximately 18 (eighteen) inmates for the clean-up and removal of debris from residential areas of the Adams Creek Community.
He attends Piney Grove A.M.E. Zion Church. His vision for Craven County includes improved test scores and lower dropout rates for Craven County students, school construction, recreational outlets for youth, enhanced public safety and emergency services, improved infrastructure, including sewer, drainage, highways and secondary roads