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Robin Watkins

Kershaw County Auditor

Posted: October 28, 2010 10:27 p.m.
Updated: October 29, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Area of county in which you reside:

I reside in the Malvern Hill precinct.

Family:

In 1975, I married Larry Watkins, who is also a life-long resident of Kershaw County. He currently teaches Automotive Technology at ATEC. We have two daughters, Lesli W. Pate and Lisa Watkins, who both reside in the county as well. My parents are Frances Hinson and the late Kenneth Hinson.

Hobbies:

In my spare time, I enjoy walking my dog Peanut, reading, crafting, camping, and doing volunteer work.

Education:

Living in the county my entire life, I am the product of the Kershaw County school system.  I graduated from Camden High School in 1974.

Employment:

After graduating from Camden High School, I worked for Carswell, Green & Cantey, CPA, from 1974-1977. I then began working for the Kershaw County Auditor’s office in 1977, where I currently hold the position of Auditor.

Why are you running for office?

I was born and raised in Kershaw County and have raised my family here also.  I love this county and feel blessed and honored to be an elected official here.  I have an “open-door” policy and enjoy meeting and working with the public.  Because of my experience, I am very knowledgeable of the laws that pertain to the office of Auditor and I use that knowledge to help the citizens of the county.

What experience qualifies you for this office?

I have worked in the Auditor’s office for over 33 years, initially beginning as a clerk, subsequently being appointed to the position of Deputy Auditor, and am currently serving my third term as the Auditor of Kershaw County.  During my time in office, I have taken many courses to keep up with changing legislation applicable to my department.  I have been elected as President of the South Carolina Auditors, Treasurers, and Tax Collectors (SCATT) for 2010-2011. Additionally, I have served several years as Secretary for the South Carolina Association of Assessing Officials (SCAAO).

What are your goals for the auditor’s office?

Throughout my years in this department, I have noticed the ever-growing need to make our local government accessible to the citizens of Kershaw County without them being required to physically visit the office.  My plan is to get more services available on the internet and to open a satellite office in the Elgin area within the next few years.

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