Incoming governor Nikki Haley has announced her staff for the start of her term next year.
The team includes several holdovers from her election campaign, as well as a former legislator, and a former aide for John McCain’s presidential campaign.
Haley named Tim Pearson as her chief of staff. Pearson was the manager Haley’s election bid and also served as a communications advisor for Governor Mark Sanford.
No one knows better the promises made to the people and what we have to deliver more than him. He also has presidential campaign experience, gubernatorial experience, and is getting ready to do great things for our state.
Haley said her staff will be smaller than previous governor Mark Sanford’s team, in order to help save money in a tight budget year.
I think what you’re going to see is that we are having to lose people. We’re not going to have secretaries. We’re can’t afford to hire interns, we’re going to have to have free interns. We have had to cut a lot of offices.
Haley said her office will also no longer have a photographer.
The team will also be arranged slightly differently than under the previous administration.
Katherine Haltiwanger will be the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. Haltiwanger was a fundraiser for the Republican Governors Association, and also worked for Sanford and McCain.
Former legislator Ted Pitts will be Haley’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Cabinet Affairs. Pitts represented Lexington County for eight years until his National Guard unit deployed to Afghanistan this year and he did not seek re-election.
Haley also named Trey Walker as her Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs and Communications. Walker led McCain’s election campaign in South Carolina in 2008. He will be Haley’s go-to man in dealing with the legislature, having most recently served in a similar capacity for state Attorney General Henry McMaster.
Haley also selected Swati Patel as her Chief Legal Counsel. Patel served in the same role under Sanford for seven years.
Haley’s spokesman Rob Godfrey will also stay with the governor, serving as Press Secretary. Godfrey also worked with McMaster, serving as a spokesman in the attorney general’s campaign.