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Robinson to fill commission seat

Published 10:34am Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Tallapoosa County Republican Party announced Monday that Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Alexander City native Steve Robinson to fill the District 2 seat on the county commission.

Robinson will replace former District 2 Commissioner Charles Shaw, who vacated the seat in November after being elected mayor of Alexander City. Robinson, a Republican, will serve out the rest of Shaw’s term, set to end in 2014.

“I was excited (to learn I’d been appointed),” Robinson said. “I certainly look forward to serving the people of the county. I had a pastor tell me a few years ago that you can be a participant or a spectator, and I think it’s more appropriate to participate to help make a difference.”

Tallapoosa County Commission Chairman Frank Tapley said Robinson’s appointment is effective immediately.

“He doesn’t have to be sworn in,” Tapley said. “I’m glad to have him, and I’m glad he’s got the qualifications he’s got, too. We’ve been two months now with the seat empty, and I was ready to get it over with and get back to normal. It doesn’t seem normal if you’ve got somebody missing.”

Robinson said as a commissioner, he plans to focus on unemployment, the continued need for economic development, maintaining or improving the local infrastructure and “promoting business within businesses in Tallapoosa County – (making sure) people in our county are doing business with each other as opposed to leaving our county to do business.”

“The Tallapoosa County Republican Party is proud to have Steve join the Tallapoosa County Commission where he will continue the commission’s focus on creating and retaining quality jobs in our county and maintaining the goals of limited government and conservative leadership that have become the hallmark of the Republican Party,” said John Prophitt, chairman of the county Republican party.

Robinson, who also holds a seat on the Alexander City Board of Education, said he looks forward to operating in both positions.

“Prior to the nomination, I had checked with the Ethics Commission and the attorney general’s office,” Robinson said. “There aren’t any issues there in serving in both capacities, and I think I can do it. I’ve been in technology and on call for over 30 years, so extended work weeks are not a problem at all.”

Robinson is a graduate of Central Alabama Community College and holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in business administration. He is currently employed at Lee Marketing in Alexander City.

Robinson is married to the former Regina Scott of Alexander City, and they have three children. They are members of First Baptist Church in Alexander City, where Robinson has been a deacon for 12 years.

“I just really appreciate the opportunity to serve and am looking forward to working with the other commissioners to make our county better,” Robinson said.