Governor Nikki Haley today announced Kela E. Thomas as the next director of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (PPP).
She replaces initial nominee Lynne Rogers, who according to the governor’s office will return to her job at the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation because of personal reasons.
Thomas is the deputy director for Administration at PPP where she advised the director on administrative, fiscal, professional development and information technology issues.
As with her prior nominee, Gov. Haley says that Thomas will work with the leaders of the departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice to reduce the recidivism rate in South Carolina. Haley also supports legislation to consolidate PPP into a division of the Department of Corrections.
According to a press release, Thomas’ background includes being development director at the University of South Carolina’s School of Public Health and senior project manager at Fleet Mortgage Group in Columbia.