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Arledge announces intent to run for auditor

Posted: January 18, 2018 4:25 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Dennis Arledge

When Robin Watkins announced her intention to retire after her present term as Kershaw County Auditor expires, she said she would make herself available to whoever her replacement might be make a smooth transition

As it turns out, a life-long friend is hoping to make that transition.

Dennis Arledge, who is currently on Kershaw County Council, has announced his intention to run for auditor.

Arledge and Watkins have been friends since childhood, although back in the day neither would have thought they would be involved in public office, they said. 

“Robin and I met in first grade at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School in 1962 – and we’ve been friends ever since,” Arledge said. 

“I would be very pleased to see Dennis come in as the next auditor,” Watkins said, noting that she has great confidence in Arledge’s honesty, integrity and professional ability.

 Arledge, who is currently owner/operator of an Allstate Insurance agency in Elgin, said he believes the auditor position is a good fit for his background, experience and temperament. Not only has he spent a career -- both in the private and public -- working with the public and delivering good service, but his business background and experience holds many similarities with the functions of the auditor’s office.

“I was in banking for a number of years, then I went into the insurance business,” he said. “In our business, we actually do a lot of similar things -- we both use similar tools to determine property value, for example.”

Organization and management, troubleshooting and problem solving and the ability to work with people from all backgrounds in a professional but friendly manner are all very important skills in both jobs, they agreed. 

Arledge said he believes he has a strong and applicable background for the position and if he is elected, he will do everything possible to get himself up to speed -- including coming in several times a week and shadowing Watkins to learn as much about what she does and how the office functions. As the election is in 2018 but the new auditor would not actually take office until the beginning of the new fiscal year in July 2019, that would leave Arledge several months to do just that, if he is elected.

“I am very willing -- would be looking forward -- to such an opportunity. I’d really want to hit the ground running,” he said.

Watkins said she would be pleased for her successor, whoever they may be, to do just that.

Arledge also noted that the Kershaw County Auditor’s Office has a very impressive reputation, both inside and outside the county. He credits Watkins’ leadership but just, if not important, he credits the staff, as does Watkins.

“This office is held in very high regard across the state,” he said. “A major part of that success and that impressive reputation is due to the efforts and the competence and the abilities of the people who work in here. So if I’m elected, I’m not about to replace anybody -- I would obviously want to keep the present staff – it just wouldn’t be smart come in and change that.”

Running for auditor means Arledge would have to give up his seat on county council, something he says he is prepared to do. “I have enjoyed my time on council and have learned a lot,” he said. “I don’t come to this decision lightly -- I have considered this very deeply and feel like this is the best way for me to serve.” 

He said he is also approaching that point in his career where he is ready to cut back his time in the office so he can devote his time and energy to the auditor’s post.

“I’m starting to look at semi-retirement,” Arledge said. “My business is family run. I’ll be 62, but I’m not quite ready to ‘go home.’ I still like to work, I still enjoy learning new things and I love being involved in county government. I also think to have an opportunity to work with (county administrator) Vic Carpenter in a role such as this would be great.”

“I think the timing is right to do this,” he said. “I am ready.”


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