Governor Nikki Haley appointed an agency deputy director Monday to head the state department that oversees professional licensing and workplace and fire safety.
Haley named Richele Taylor to succeed Holly Pisarik as director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Taylor was named LLR’s deputy director of administration earlier this year.
There had not been a previous announcement about Pisarik’s departure. The governor said her current labor chief is not going far, but did not say in what capacity she would be in at the agency or state government. Haley said that she will be in their circle.
“I am excited to serve as the Director of LLR,” Taylor told reporters at her introductory press conference. “The agency takes seriously its mission of protecting the health, safety and economic well-being of the public. Under Governor Haley, the agency has become more effective and efficient, and I look forward to continuing the agency’s success and progress.”
“I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve as LLR’s Director for the last several years,” current director Holly Pisarik said. “With the help of the employees, we have created a more efficient, effective, and customer friendly agency. Without a doubt, Richele Taylor is the right person to continue to move the agency forward. I have worked with Richele over the last few months, and I have been impressed by her drive, her leadership skills, her judgment, and her ability to problem solve.”
Taylor said she is excited about her new position. “The mission of LLR is very important to me. I’ve enjoyed my time so far with the agency. And I understand that our mission is to promote the health and safety of the public throughout the state,” Taylor said Monday.
Taylor said that she will work to make the agency easier for citizens to use. “I also understand that we need to work on streamlining our regulatory authorities so that we can continue the economic growth championed by Governor Haley.” Said Taylor. Taylor said she would work to put more training and agency forms online, such as applications, and provide more certifications to firefighters.
Taylor’s appointment, which needs state Senate confirmation, is the fifth cabinet change since the summer and the third since the governor was reelected last month.
Prior to joining LLR, Taylor was an attorney at Columbia law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP, where she advised and represented clients in all areas of employment law. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
The transition will take place over the next week.