Robinson county’s Employee of Quarter

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By Chris Sardelli

Lisa Robinson suspected something was up when her coworkers recently took her picture. But she had no idea it would lead her to win as Lancaster County’s Employee of the Quarter award.

Robinson, director of human resources for the county, was recently nominated by her coworkers for the honor, but they needed her picture for the ballot. She found out soon after that she had won.

“I was very honored and very surprised,” Robinson said.

Employees are nominated mainly by their colleagues, and Debbie Harden in the delinquent tax department nominated Robinson for this quarter’s award.

The final decision is made by the county’s human resources department. But since Robinson works in that department, her coworkers had a harder time keeping the news from her.

As part of the award, Robinson receives an extra bit of money in her next paycheck.

She was also presented with a certificate at last week’s County Council’s meeting. The certificate said she received the honor “in recognition of her hard work and commitment to Lancaster County.”

“It’s very nice,” she said. “I will definitely put that up in my office.”

Robinson, 41, has worked in the human resources department for 11 years.

She’s constantly busy working on several programs for county employees. And as a risk manager, she’s been assisting with the county’s safety program, helping to get safety officers and safety equipment into the field.

“We’re doing this so people can go home safe to their families,” she said. “I love working with people and helping when I can.”

Robinson holds an associate degree from the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, a bachelor’s degree from USC and a master’s degree in education from Winthrop University.  

She said her coworkers are “a great group to work with” and enjoys “there’s always something new coming through the door.”

“I think the best part of this position is that no day is the same,” Robinson said. “From the time you touch the doorknob in the morning to the time you touch that doorknob at night, there’s always a different situation.”

Much of her spare time is spent taking care of her two sons, Griffin, 5, and Gillis, 8.  

Gillis’ favorite pastime is baseball, so Robinson has adopted that hobby as well. She also enjoys reading and water skiing when she can.

County Council Vice Chairman Rudy Carter said Robinson is absolutely deserving of the honor.

“Lisa is the kind of employee that every employer wants,” Carter said. “She’s concerned, energetic and really loves her job. She’s so, so dependable.”

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416