Gov. Mark Sanford announced Brigadier General John Finan as his choice as interim director of the department that serves as a restructured Employment Security Commission. If Finan is confirmed by the state Senate, he will serve until March 2011.
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The governor announced his choice at a press conference, during which Finan was allowed to say a few words. He says this is an interim assignment and he has no intentions of seeking the job longterm.
As I got up this morning, I asked myself, ‘Why in the world are you doing this?’ and then I thought, you know I’ve been serving the country for almost 40 years–30 in uniform and then 11 years in higher education. I think it’s an opportunity for me to come and give something back to our adopted state of South Carolina. So I’m delighted for the opportunity. I’ve got the leadership qualities, I want to be the governor’s change agent to come in and restructure and remold the activity and get down the right track toward putting people in jobs.
The 67-year-old served as Chief Financial Officer of the Air Force, a position he held until 1993. He also served as Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller of the Air Force Transportation Command; Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense; and Budget Director of the Air Force Academy. After leaving the military, General Finan served as Vice President for Business and Finance at the University of South Carolina, and held the same position at Rowan University in New Jersey from 2001 to 2005.
Sanford says Finan brings to the office a deep appreciation for the principle of accountability, and an ability to lead government agencies.
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