To the editor:

Robin Coles-Goard was first hired in 1985 as a Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue.  I have had the distinct pleasure of not only calling her a co-worker but a friend.  We have worked side by side over the past 34 years under Commissioners of the Revenue Hunt A. Meadows, III and Samuel W. Swanson, Jr.  

When I was elected Commissioner of the Revenue in 2015, there was no hesitation she would become my Chief Deputy Commissioner.  She earned her Master Deputy Certification in 2008 from the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service which required a minimum of two years’ experience and completion of educational classes and seminars.   

She has a vast knowledge regarding Virginia State Code and Pittsylvania County Ordinances by which the office must operate.  The Commissioner of the Revenue Office is not a policy making office, but an administrator of State and local code.  This requires a person that can interpret and assess uniformly all taxable properties within the statutes.  

Robin possesses these qualifications and come January 1 will be able to assume the duties associated with the office with no interruption of “having to learn” procedures and timelines.  It is for these reasons and a lot more, that I whole heartedly endorse and support Robin Coles-Goard as the next Commissioner of the Revenue for Pittsylvania County.  

Shirley Y. Hammock

Commissioner of the Revenue

Pittsylvania County

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