Robin Coles-Goard was officially sworn in as the Pittsylvania County Commissioner of the Revenue Monday, Dec. 30.
The swearing in ceremony was held before family, friends, coworkers, and others who were invited to attend in the circuit courtroom.
With her husband Charles Goard by her side, Coles-Goard raised her right hand and repeated the oath as it was cited by Pittsylvania County Clerk of Circuit Court Mark Scarce.
Beginning Jan. 1, Coles-Goard is the first African American and African American female to hold a constitutional office in Pittsylvania County.
“I appreciate everyone for supporting me,” Coles-Goard said. “I don’t know why God chose me, but I am thankful that I am on this path. Today we celebrate another victory… I thank you.”
To her coworkers, Coles-Goard said that while she was beginning a new role as their boss, she still thought of all of them as family.
“I promise to be a working commissioner for you… with an open door policy. I’ve worked with many of you for a long time,” Coles-Goard said.
In addition, Coles-Goard said she wants to build awareness for the revenue office and better inform the public about what they do.
Attending the ceremony was Hunt Meadows, who Coles-Goard thanked for hiring her in 1985.
“Pittsylvania County is very fortunate to have Robin as their next Commissioner of the Revenue. She did an outstanding job for me and the people of Pittsylvania County,” Meadows said.
For 16 years from 1984 until Dec. 31, 2000, Meadows served as the commissioner.
Since Meadows, only two others have served as commissioner — most recently it was Shirley Hammock who retired on Dec. 31.
“I am humbled, and I am excited,” Coles-Goard said.