Governor Nikki Haley appointed South Carolina’s former prisons inspector general to lead the state’s Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services on Friday.
Haley chose former Department of Corrections Inspector General Jerry Adger to take over for Kela Thomas, who resigned last month.
Adger has worked in state law enforcement agencies since 1977. After nearly two decades at the State Law Enforcement Division, he spent a decade at the Department of Juvenile Justice. Adger has been at the Department of Corrections since 2011.
Thomas had led the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services since the Senate confirmed her nomination in February 2011. She was among two African-Americans and six women in Haley’s 16-member Cabinet.
Adger’s appointment is the third African-American appointed to a cabinet position for Haley’s second term. His office was the last Cabinet vacancy for now. Department of Health and Environmental Control director Catherine Templeton revealed Thursday she is leaving the agency, but DHEC is not considered part of the Cabinet.