Former S.C. Rep. Ted Pitts – a central figure in the #SCHacked scandal – has been tapped by Gov. Nikki Haley to be her third chief of staff in less than a year.
Pitts replaces Bryan Stirling, who is giving up the job to lead Haley’s Department of Corrections (SCDOC). Eleven months ago Stirling replaced the notoriously ineffective Tim Pearson, who left the job to return to his role in Haley’s campaign organization.
Pitts resigned his seat in the S.C. House to become Haley’s deputy chief of staff shortly after her election in November 2010. He was paid $105,060 a year (not counting benefits) in that role – meaning he will be in line for a $23,000 pay raise in his new position (based on the inflated salaries Haley instituted shortly after taking office).
“Ted has been a vital member of our team from the very beginning and I am proud and excited to name him as our new chief of staff,” Haley said.
Pitts has been in charge of managing Haley’s cabinet agencies since February 2012 – when her first cabinet liaison departed.
How has he done? Not well … in addition to the massive hacking scandal at the S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR), numerous other Haley-run agencies have experienced serious scandals on his watch (including the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, the S.C. Department of Social Services and the S.C. Department of Probation Parole and Pardon Services, to name just a few).