NEWBERRY —The South Carolina Association of Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors (SCATT) has awarded Donna Lominack, Newberry County auditor, the 2018 L.H. “Sonny” Siau Award of Excellence.
The plaque reads, “In acknowledgement of your many years of dedication and loyalty to the Association and to the people of the state of South Carolina as a tireless proponent of fair property taxation, a faithful friend and comrade, a true statesman. Personifying Sonny’s passion for excellence in public service.”
Lominack is the second Newberry County SCATT member to receive this award, the first being Nancy Owen, Newberry County auditor 1984-2009. According to Lominack, Owens started the award back in the 1990s.
“I think she was the third person to get the award,” Lominack said.
The award is named in honor of Louis Harrell “Sonny” Siau Jr., who served as the Georgetown County auditor for 27 years, longer than any other public official in Georgetown County history. During the years prior to Siau becoming auditor, he served on Georgetown County Council. He served on the SCATT’s Legislative Committee for many years, and spearheaded positive changes in tax laws. He was also a World War II veteran. For his many years of service, and dedication to SCATT, this award was named in his honor.
Lominack, who knew Siau, said it is an honor to receive an award in his name.
The award was presented to Lominack during the annual SCATT Academy, held in February. Lominack said at the beginning of the year, the SCATT president will send out a letter asking for nominations, she herself nominated an auditor from a neighboring county. A committee of five past winners decide who will receive the award, based on the nominations.
The award was then presented to Lominack during lunch on Feb. 8 by the Spartanburg County Auditor Sharon West.
“She has worked in county government for over 40 years, working and serving in the same office all of these years. She has seven grandchildren, whom are all very dear to her heart. She has served, and is still serving, on various government committees which she also enjoys,” West said. “She is a very dedicated person and if she cannot give 150%, than she does not feel like she can do it. She is a very driven person who wants the best for her county. Family will always come first.”
While West was reading this, Lominack was looking around for someone else, the person she thought won the award. She said she wasn’t expecting to get it and thought the person she nominated received the award.
“I have attended these meetings for years, I knew all about it, but I never thought I’d get it,” she said.
Lominack received another surprise, when her family appeared. She said her husband, Richard, and sons Trent and Travis Goodman, along with his wife Kim, were all present. They were able to have lunch together, which she said was nice.
“To receive something like this, from your peers, it is most humbling and it is one of the best things I have ever won, it really is,” Lominack said.
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