South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley should have fired the director of her colossally mismanaged probation, parole and pardon agency a long time ago. How come? Because Kela Thomas – who was appointed by Haley in 2011 to run the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS) – is an active opponent of Haley’s proposed consolidation of South Carolina’s correctional agencies (a reform we support).
In other words Thomas – a highly visible supporter of U.S. President Barack Obama – is deliberately defying the woman who is supposed to be her boss.
For reasons surpassing understanding, though, Haley let that indiscretion slide. Her administration has also refused to investigate allegations of discriminatory hiring at Thomas’ agency – including the promotion of a black lieutenant who had previously engaged in inappropriate relationships with some of his female probationers.
Most recently, Haley has permitted Thomas to remain at her post following the release of a damning legislative audit of SCDPPPS – one which revealed $4 million in missing money (out of a total agency budget of roughly $50 million).
“The Governor is giving Thomas a free pass on the audit findings,” one source at the agency tells FITS.
Astounding … especially from an administration which promised “accountability and transparency” in government.
Of course because Kela Thomas is a black female, her defiance, discrimination and incompetence has generated absolutely no outrage among South Carolina Democrats or the state’s left-leaning mainstream media.
S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-Camden) – who is also vowing “accountability and transparency” in government – hasn’t mentioned the scandal in his litany of anti-Haley bullet points.
Anyway … Thomas’ latest questionable move? Using state resources to promote a fundraiser for the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) – a “blacks-only” group looking to raise some money off of Thomas’ employees.
In fact here’s the poster Thomas’ had placed in her downtown Columbia, S.C. headquarters …
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“Hosting an ‘All White Party?'” one incredulous SCDPPPS staffer lamented to FITS. “No matter how they dress it up (with the cartoon people all wearing white clothes), it is at best inappropriate and at worst incredibly offensive. But then it comes as no surprise it would be endorsed by Thomas. Can you imagine the backlash if a fraternity or sorority at Clemson tried to use a racially based play on words to name a party?”
Indeed … it would be a national feeding frenzy. Sort of like the story we broke back in 2010 when a powerful “Republican” leader in South Carolina showed up at a party in a Confederate uniform with his “slaves” in tow.
As “cops and courts” libertarians, this website supports government management of probation, parole and pardon services. In fact we believe the efficient administration of these functions is a core responsibility of government – part of its obligation to protect life, liberty and property. We also commend Haley for proposing to consolidate these functions in South Carolina so as to better serve this state’s impoverished, over-taxed citizenry.
But once again, Haley is proving she is “all talk …”
Kela Thomas is defying Haley on restructuring, engaging in racist hiring, promoting “blacks only” groups at taxpayer expense and – most importantly – wasting millions of our tax dollars in the process. The governor must remove her from this $93,000-a-year (not counting benefits) position immediately – and “Republicans” and Democrats in the S.C. General Assembly (especially leaders in the S.C. Black Caucus) must get off their backsides and launch an investigation into this missing $4 million.