The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control board members have begun reviewing applications for the vacant director’s job as they seek to find a new chief this spring.
The agency says 99 people had applied for the job when the application period closed April 3.
According to the State newspaper finalists will be brought before the board, with the expectation that a candidate will be forwarded to the governor before the General Assembly ends its session. The session wraps up in less than two months. The Senate must confirm the DHEC director.
The DHEC board’s decision to seek candidates for the post is in contrast to how it looked for a replacement to succeed Catherine Templeton who left in January.
Eleanor Kitzman, the board’s choice and a friend of Governor Haley, was nominated by the board to replace Templeton without any other applications being sought. Kitzman pulled her name from consideration after a fierce senate confirmation hearing. After that experience that the board agreed to seek applications for the position.