Linda Mock ready for retirement
After serving as Georgetown County’s auditor for the past eight years, Linda Mock finishes cleaning out her desk today and is headed for the hills of Virginia.
Mock announced last year she would not seek a third term so she could join her husband, Mike, in Carroll County, Va., where he has been emergency services director for the past couple of years. It is a position he previously held in Georgetown County.
“I was fortunate to have the electorate here elect me to two terms,” Mock said.
The job of the auditor includes the generation of tax bills, tracking taxable property and keeping up with tax exemptions.
Mock said keeping up with new tax laws is something that has kept her and the staff busy during her tenure.
“We have had to adjust to those changes,” she said. Changes to the taxing of boats and motor homes has been a couple of the adjustments.
She describes her staff as an “excellent” team who always have tried to be “equitable and fair in enforcing the laws.”
“They have provided what I believe to be a high level of service.”
Mock, who graduated from Winyah High and Winthrop College, spent the first years of her career in television news in Spartanburg, Atlanta and Charlotte.
She is the former director of both the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and Murrells Inlet 2007, now Murrells Inlet 2020.
Because she has been so busy for decades, Mock said retirement will be something to which she will have to adjust.
“Mike and I will be able to do stuff we have not had the time to do. We will go fishing and maybe tubing down the river,” she said.
Although today is her last day, Mock plans to stay in the county for at least another week. She said she does not want to break the tradition of attending the Fourth of July parade in Pawleys Island and the boat parade in Murrells Inlet.
The Mocks will keep their house in Georgetown County so they plan to return to visit often.
Mock said before she departs today she will have a final talk with her staff.
“I will talk to them about how very proud I am to have worked with such a great group of people,” she said.
Brian Shult, the new auditor, takes over the office on Monday.
By Scott Harper
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