Governor Nikki Haley Wednesday appointed Christy Hall as the next Secretary of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).
Hall was named Acting Secretary of Transportation in July when her predecessor Janet Oakley resigned following clashes with lawmakers. Hall has served at SCDOT for more than two decades, holding numerous management positions within the agency, including Deputy Secretary for Engineering and Deputy Secretary of Finance and Procurement.
The South Carolina Senate will have to approve Hall’s permanent appointment when they return next January.
She has been overseeing the department’s repair efforts after this month’s devastating floods.
“I look forward to the opportunity to continue our recovery operations as well as to work on some advancements as far as efficiencies and effectiveness of the organization going forward,” Hall said Wednesday.
Hall said that that they have reduced 72 percent of the closures that were present at the peak of the storm’s aftermath. She also said that they are still doing assessments and that some roads are still flooded and that more work needs to be done, and recovery will be her top priority.
She had served as an interim SCDOT chief before, after Haley’s first choice for the position was arrested on DUI-related charges in 2014. She took the post just days after much of South Carolina was hit by record amounts of ice accumulation that closed dozens of roads statewide. On Wednesday, Hall joked with reporters that she is glad South Carolina does not have “a volcano.”
Governor Haley praised Hall. “I am proud to say that Secretary Hall will not only be someone who we will look to see what she’s going to do going forward, but I would ask that you go and look to see what she’s done in the past, because if that’s any indication of the kind of leader she’s going to be, we are in for a great ride.” Haley said.