By Theresa Stratford for The Island Connection
The search is over. The Town of Seabrook Island has a new town clerk/treasurer upon the impending retirement this summer of Faye Allbritton, who served the post for the past 25 years.
Katharine Watkins will fill the shoes of Allbritton, providing accounting, clerical and secretarial services to the mayor and town council. She will also serve as the municipal clerk for all the regular, special and emergency town council meetings. In her role, she will be the town’s chief archivist and will be the main point of contact for all requests submitted under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act. As town clerk/treasurer she will also assist the municipal judge as the town’s clerk of court. Working in the public sector is not new for Watkins, and neither is her experience with working for a coastal community’s local government. Watkins comes from a six-year stint with the City of Folly Beach. She started off there as the administrative clerk handling utility payments, business licenses, permits and the like.
Watkins said that in 2018, she was promoted to the municipal clerk. She started the position with Folly Beach after graduating college from the College of Charleston in 2015 with a degree in finance and a minor in hospitality and tourism. In the 2021, she graduated with honors with a master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston. Watkins currently lives in Mount Pleasant, but is hoping to relocate to either James Island or West Ashley very soon. “The drive to Seabrook is one of my favorite places in the Charleston area. I love the scenery,” Watkins noted. She said that so far she has loved meeting everyone she will be working with and meeting the residents. “Everyone is great and it reminds me of a little family unit,” Watkins said. “I like the work I am doing as it is a bit different than what I was doing for the City of Folly Beach.” Watkins added, “You’ll never have the same day twice when you work in local government. I think what drew me into working in the public sector was being able to help my community. It is so rewarding, and I enjoy knowing that I am making an impact.” Watkins is originally from Canton, Connecticut. She was recently married on Jan. 9 to her husband, Jeb Watkins. They have a 6-year-old Labrador mix dog named Guinness.
In her first Town Council Meeting at the special meeting held on July 8, Mayor John Gregg encouraged residents and all members of Town Council to go by Town Hall and meet Watkins in person.