Robson files by petition for county attorney position

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY DON RATZLAFF
Promising to bring energy and enthusiasm to the office, Susan C. Robson has filed by petition for the office of county attorney for Marion County



Robson, a Republican, hopes to assume the position currently held by Dan Baldwin, who has not filed for re-election.



?I think I would bring a lot of energy to the position, skill and some common sense,? Robson said.



An Ellsworth native, Robson graduated from Kansas State University in 1987 and Washburn Law School in 1990.



Her work experience in the area began in 1991 with Karsetter & Klenda in McPherson.



In 1994 she joined the law practice of Morse Batt, Brookens and Collett in Marion, where she continues to work.



Robson began serving on the board of education for Marion-Florence schools last July. She also is involved as a member of Valley Methodist Church, Marion, the Marion Kiwanis Club, and the ?Community Christmas? project in Marion.



She said she became interested in the work of the county attorney?s office while practicing in McPherson.



She later assisted Keith Collett when he was county attorney in Marion County.



?I find it very fascinating, it?s exciting,? Robson said of her experience. ?I like the adrenaline.?



If elected, Robson hopes to address the number of repeat offenders in the county by offering fewer diversion agreements.



?I think it?s important that we need to build their record when they come in the first time rather than give them diversion, even if it?s a small offense,? she said.



?I?m not going to place blame, but it seems to me diversion has become the rule as opposed to the exception, and I don?t think that?s a healthy step,? she added.



?When you do that, you begin to prosecute just the poor people because they can?t afford the diversion fee. If you break the law, you should be prosecuted no matter what your financial background is.?



Robson expects to give the job the time it requires.



?I think people will get their money?s worth,? she said. ?I believe in working hard.?



Robson and her husband, Kelly, who teaches math at Marion High School, have two children, Zachary, 31/2, and Bailey, 2.

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