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Gov. Henry McMaster appears to still be backing Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Leroy Smith, despite a state Houses committee’s report highly critical of his leadership of the law enforcement agency.
WSPA-TV reports the House Legislative Oversight Subcommittee issued its report last Friday, arguing Smith has mismanaged the agency responsible for the Highway Patrol, Transport Police, and Statehouse security. The report claims strict discipline and low morale have contributed to struggles hiring and retaining troopers in the agency.
“We firmly believe major changes are needed in management personnel and agency policy to reverse this downward spiral,” subcommittee members wrote in the report.
But Gov. McMaster’s spokesman said Monday in an email, “The governor appreciates the committee’s recommendations and its hard work on this report. As is the case with any legislative report, our office will thoroughly review the recommendations with Director Smith.” [Read more…]