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County treasurer not running for reelection

Posted: February 4, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Updated: February 5, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Treasurer Steve Vincent is announcing that he will not seek reelection to the post he has held for 17 years.

“Serving as your presiding county treasurer these last 17 years has been a great honor and a wonderful opportunity to give back to my community,” Vincent said in a press release.

He said he is “humbled and appreciative” of the many people who have encouraged him to run for reelection and even to seek other elected office, but that he is looking forward to the next chapter of his life.

“I have been pleased to have served this county,” Vincent said. “I wanted to take an opportunity to express my sincere thankfulness and gratitude for each and every citizen of this county. First and foremost, I want to thank you, the taxpayer for allowing me to be your county treasurer for 17 years. I am grateful for the wonderful staff that I have in the Treasurer’s Office. I would like to thank my staff and my deputy treasurer, Ms. Jill Catoe, for filling in and continuing to serve the great people of Kershaw County, during any and all of my absences.”

Vincent noted that Catoe will be making an announcement of her own regarding her candidacy for Kershaw County Treasurer. He said he is endorsing her and highly recommends her for the office.

“She has been with me for 15 years and has served beside me. We have established a user-friendly office, and transforming the office with the use of technology, created and implemented the first Web page in Kershaw County to search, view, and pay taxes on line. We were one of the first in the state to use tough-book computers to pinpoint property for posting and data collection. We were able to help save the county more than $2 million by applying fees to offset costs to the county,” Vincent said.’

He said Catoe was instrumental in realizing those accomplishments.

“If elected, Ms. Jill Catoe already has the skills to make it a seamless transition and would not have to be trained for this position,” he noted. “If given the opportunity, she will continue the work what we have started over the years, and will do so with excellence. She has played a major role through our assessments and implementations of this office. I can promise you this: that with her at the helm, this office will not miss a beat.”

Vincent said that with her knowledge of taxes, leadership, teamwork, and “being sensitive to the taxpayers,” Catoe will be a “great asset” in leading the treasurer’s office.

“I do have a heavy heart and I deeply appreciate my staff, and I will truly miss working with them,” Vincent said. “We have been a family and have been there for each other. It has been a great team and it is of the highest honor to be able to work with these great people.”

Vincent noted that he has another year and a half  to preside as county treasurer, with his commission ending in June 2015.

“I intend to continue to lead in the professional manner that I have demonstrated these last 17 years. Upon leaving office, I plan to continue serving and living in Kershaw County and be active in supporting efforts that create prosperity, protection, and a higher quality of life for our citizens. It has been a great honor and I am grateful for all of those who have worked hard to make this county a better place to work and live,” Vincent said.

He then went on to discuss what he said is “the next chapter,” stating that he has have several opportunities before him. 

Vincent announced that joining the “Elect David Thomley for Sheriff Team” is on his list.

“Mr. Thomley asked me several months ago to be in much prayer, because he wanted me to consider being his chief deputy for the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office,” Vincent revealed. “I have made my choice, and I have accepted his offer. I understand it is up to the great citizens of Kershaw County to make that decision for sheriff: June 10th, 2014. I promise you, if given an opportunity to serve with David Thomley, I will still use my leadership in a professional manner. I will continue with strong customer service, an open door policy, and with the understanding I have had over the years.”

Vincent noted that his first civic career was in law enforcement and that he looks forward to “protecting and serving once again.”

“I am a servant leader -- protector by nature and that is who I am,” he said. “I started serving as a patrolman, and moved up the ranks rapidly.”

He cited being a narcotics officer/detective, investigator, sergeant of investigations, lieutenant of investigations and chief of investigations/captain with the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.

“I served my country for four years in the U.S. Navy (Naval Special Warfare-SEALs and Force Protection Training). I am still serving today, with 17 years in Kershaw County administration and with a master’s degree in Public Administration.”

In addition, Vincent said he holds a Ph.D. in Christian counseling, and conducts a non-profit ministry.

“I enjoy encouraging people in a time of need. I have counseled pastors, married couples, young/adult men and students. I am looking forward to doing more of that, as well and will be looking for opportunities as a freelance Christian counseling with local churches, incorporating my counseling skills, mentoring and coaching law enforcement personnel, as well as helping victims of crimes,” Vincent said.

He ended his announcement by repeating his thanks to the citizens of Kershaw County, his staff and family for supporting him and allowing him to serve.

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