Incoming governor Nikki Haley has gone into the private sector again for the seventh appointment for her new Cabinet.
Haley nominated Columbia businessman James Etter to lead the Department of Revenue. Etter was Chief Financial Officer of Norco Equipment, LLC for the past two years. Haley said Etter’s small business background made him appealing.
(Government) was intended to work for the small businesses. They need to feel like they have a friend and an ally in the Department of Revenue, and they need to feel…that they’re not being threatened, but they actually are being helped. And that’s what we’re hoping to bring with Jim.
Norco is a forestry equipment supplier that also sells recycling and mulching equipment. Etter has also worked as the Chief Financial Officer at Thermal Engineering in Columbia and Young Pecan Shelling in Florence.
The Department of Revenue mainly oversees tax collection for South Carolina’s state taxes. It also runs the state’s alcohol and bingo licensing systems.
Etter said he hopes to improve the agency’s collections process, as well advise lawmakers on how to bring more companies to South Carolina.
The Department of Revenue will assist the agencies and legislature on attracting new employers into the state and creating more jobs. I think, looking over the history of the Department of Revenue, in the last several years they have contributed significantly to this process.
He also said he hopes to give the department a more “open-door” atmosphere to handle complaints from businesses.
Etter will replace previous revenue director Ray Stevens, who resigned from the post in December to take a job in the private sector.