SC governor loses 2 agency leaders to post-nomination issues
Added 01-31-20 12:35:02pm EST - “South Carolina's governor has had two of his choices to lead state agencies bow out before they could start their new jobs after problems surfaced following their nominations.” - Washingtontimes.com
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina’s governor has had two of his choices to lead state agencies bow out before they could start their new jobs after problems surfaced following their nominations.
State Rep. Bobby Cox won’t be the first director of the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs because of an 80-year-old state law banning a lawmaker from leading an agency created during his term. That law was discovered seven weeks after Republican Gov. Henry McMaster picked him.
And North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess said he withdrew his nomination to run the Public Safety Department because of the toll on his family after the public learned about his tax debts at a confirmation hearing.
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Both problems should have been discovered through vigorous background checks before the governor finalized his choices, said Democratic state Sen. Dick Harpootlian of Columbia.
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