Charles Barton was officially appointed Aiken County Auditor on Monday in a letter sent out by the office of Gov. Nikki Haley.
“I'm excited,” Barton said on Monday. “It's going to be a challenge for me and the workers, but I'm sure it's a challenge we can take care of.”
Barton's term will begin as soon as he resigns from his District 6 seat on the Aiken County Council and will run until June 30, 2013. In the letter, his term was due to commence on Monday.
Barton said he had not seen the letter yet, but he plans to step down from his council seat this week. He has served two full terms and was halfway through a third on council.
“The office has been vacant for a while now, so it's good to be able to step in,” Barton said.
The auditor's responsibilities include the taxation of personal property, such as motor homes, campers, trailers, motorcycles, watercraft and watercraft motors, merchant's furniture, fixtures and equipment, aircraft and manufacturer's real and personal property. It is a four-year term concurrent with the fiscal year.
A special election to fill the vacancy was not required due to Barton being the only one to file for the office after 14 days had passed since the filing period had closed, pursuant to state law. The governor will appoint the position until the office is scheduled to appear on the next general election ballot.
Daniel Turno also ran as a write-in candidate for the position, announcing his candidacy for the position in late October. Barton won with 47,976 votes, or 97 percent.
Editor's note: Daniel Turno was misidentified in a previous version of this story. The Aiken Standard regrets the error.