Governor-elect Nikki Haley has chosen Lynne Rogers to lead the state Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole—with the plan that the agency will merge with the Department of Corrections. In a press conference today, Haley was joined by the heads of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice to discuss how the three will work together in a coalition. Haley says Judge Bill Byars, nominated to run the Department of Corrections, would spearhead the group.
Haley was also joined by a high-profile Democrat, state Representative Bakari Sellers, who applauds her decision. Sellers’ legislation (H. 3267) would consolidate PPP into a division of the South Carolina Department of Corrections, with the goal of streamlining administrative services and saving tax dollars.
Rogers has been an attorney for the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation since 2003. She has served as staff attorney for various state agencies and was head assistant solicitor for the Fifth Judicial Circuit in the late 1980’s.