Press Release: Vila R. Anderson To File For Register of Deeds and To Seek The Appointment of Unexpired Term of Robin W. Braswell Retired Effective Today

Press Release:

To all Edgecombe County citizens, please join me today Monday, December 2, 2019 at 12 noon at the Edgecombe County Board of Elections Office, 201 St. Andrew Street Tarboro, NC as I will be filing for the Office of Register of Deeds in the upcoming 2020 election.

I have been with the Edgecombe County Register of Deeds office almost 13 years and after the retirement of the Honorable Robin W. Braswell effective today, I am seeking the appointment to fill her unexpired term.

The Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee will convene on December 17, 2019 at 6 PM at the McIntyre Auditorium on the Tarboro Campus of Edgecombe Community College to appoint a Democratic candidate to fill the unexpired term which ends December 2020.

For more information, please contact
The Committee to Appoint & To Elect Vila R. Anderson,
Edgecombe County Register of Deeds
(252) 343-5726

I Support Vila Anderson For Register of Deeds Appointment

On Tuesday December 17, 2019 6 PM the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee will meet on the Tarboro Campus of Edgecombe Community College in the McIntyre Auditorium to appoint someone to fill the unexpired term of Robin Williams Braswell who are retiring in December.

I support and will vote for the appointment of Vila R. Anderson because she is a Certified Assistant Register of Deeds by the University of North Carolina – School of Government at Chapel Hill and she has the education to ensure the legal integrity of all records. Anderson has almost 13 years of experience within the Register of Deeds office and her knowledge of new technology, registry operations, and budget matters will ensure that any new initiatives increase the efficiency of the Register of Deeds office. Anderson is committed to seeing the office expertly records stores and provides information that is accurate, legible, timely and easily retrievable for public and private use.

Vila R. Anderson is rooted in the Edgecombe County having grown up in Martin County and resided in Edgecombe County since marriage in 1981. She has 2 children whom both still reside in Edgecombe County. Anderson was employed by The Daily Southerner for 17 years prior to joining the Register of Deeds office and I remember her from back then because I used to write letters to the editor and stop by the papers to pick up extra copies. She was very professional back then and also during the times I visited the Register of Deeds Office.

While I am quite sure Anderson could have gone on to seek other employment that could have increased her salary, she chose to stay with the Register of Deeds Office because of her passion for the office.

I am asking that my fellow Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee to join me in supporting and voting for Vila R. Anderson who is qualified, experienced and dedicated to the office. She has a good relationship with her fellow co-workers and I strongly feel that since she has been in the office working up until Robin Williams Braswell last day that the office will not miss a beat serving the citizens of Edgecombe County but not limited to.

Curmilus Dancy II
Precinct Chair 11-1

Edgecombe County Politics Register of Deeds & Sheriff Office Salaries

During the November Edgecombe County Commissioners meeting Sheriff Clee Atkinson along with 2 of his staff people did a presentation before the commissioners about the Sheriff Office. Salary of the Sheriff and the staff was a part of the presentation. Commissioner chairman Leonard Wiggins said the commissioners had the right to lower Sheriff and the Register of Deeds salaries because these two were appointed to fill the unexpired terms.

In Edgecombe County we have a white Register of Deeds Robin Williams Braswell who appointed some years ago to fill the unexpired term of Register of Deeds Judy Coles Retired. Robin has done a great job modernizing the office and handling the needs of the citizens. I supported her for the appointment and supported her campaign for election. It makes no sense to me that Robin began at a lower salary than Coles. If I am correct Robin has not reached the salary that the former Register of Deeds was at before she retired.

Sheriff Clee Atkinson who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Sheriff James Knight Retired. Clee has done a great job coming in making some changes to the office that was needed immediately. I supported Clee for the appointment and supported his campaign for election. It makes no sense to me that Clee’s salary began at a lower salary than Knight.

I know all of the commissioners on the board now was not there when Robin was appointed but over the years the discussion of her salary should have come up. I have visited the office over the years to pick up documents and most recently did a property transaction. I have been pleased with the service over the years. I have not heard any complaints about the office over the years however I am quite sure there has been some. If I am correct Robin’s salary has not reached the salary that the former Register of Deeds was making when she retired. And by the way the former Registered of Deeds recommended Robin.

Since Clee was appointed all of the commissioners on the board were there when he was appointed. He was a former Highway State Patrol and he has much training in law enforcement. He had to come in and learn the workings of the Sheriff Office but it is not like he is not an experienced in law enforcement.

I addressed the commissioners during the public comments during the meeting and I responded that I understand they had the right to reduce the starting salary of these 2 offices. However I don’t understand why because if the money was already there and it was not a problem I don’t see it being a problem now. I hope that the commissioners will do what they can to get the increase the salaries for Register of Deeds and the Sheriff along with the staff because the Sheriff Office runs the county and putting their lives on the line daily.

I support the Register of Deeds and the Sheriff that their salaries need to brought up to the former retiree’s salary. I also support the salaries of the Sheriff staff because they deserve more in comparison with some other counties.

I left the meeting trusting and believing that the commissioners will do whatever they can to get these salaries increased.