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Haley Admin Shuffles Key Positions

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley tapped her chief of staff Bryan Stirling to head up the state’s prison system this week – a move that was immediately rebuked by Democrats. “We’ve seen the pattern of incompetence and culture of secrecy that comes from having Governor Haley’s team of political appointees in…

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley tapped her chief of staff Bryan Stirling to head up the state’s prison system this week – a move that was immediately rebuked by Democrats.

“We’ve seen the pattern of incompetence and culture of secrecy that comes from having Governor Haley’s team of political appointees in cabinet and cabinet-level positions – it has not been good for the people of South Carolina,” S.C. Democratic party chairman Jamie Harrison said. “It’s time to return our state agencies to those with professional expertise in the field so that we can get the state back on track again.”

Stirling – who served as Haley’s chief of staff for less than a year – replaces S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDOC) director Bill Byars, who has had serious chronic health issues ever since he accepted the job in 2011.

Haley did not say who would replace Stirling as her chief of staff.

Stirling has no experience in the correctional field, although his selection was praised by “news columnist” John Monk of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper.

“Stirling, who lives in Columbia, has plenty of experience for his new post,” Monk wrote. “The Boston native graduated from the University of South Carolina and is a 1996 USC Law School graduate. He was a deputy attorney general under both attorneys general Henry McMaster and Alan Wilson. Stirling’s legal experience includes both civil and criminal work as well as private practice.”

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15 comments

You know me September 5, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Maybe the replacement will be her sister Simran.

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shifty henry September 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

She of the magical _____________?

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jimlewisowb September 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm

cunt

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shifty henry September 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

There is a rumor that she gave a guy a ride, and she told him she was really a witch. Of course, he didn’t believe her until she turned into a motel.

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You know me September 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Ho, ho, ho.

Not all Republicans are Bad September 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Bryan is actually a pretty good guy. I hope he does well.

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jimlewisowb September 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm

If I drive up in my yard and find a 700 lbs. alligator blocking my way, the last person I will call is a nice guy

I want a mean son of bitch toting a big gun with the knowledge, experience and guts to use it

Department of Corrections has thousands of alligators and nice guys don’t make it all the way up the drive

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Mike at the Beach September 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Excellent analogy owb…nice guys are great, managers are great, law degrees are great (well…), but a prison system isn’t your average posting.

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Confederateliberal September 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I agree. Had the opportunity to speak to him regarding a matter and found him to be knowledgeable and professional.

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Boz Martin September 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm

OK, Will, that pic looks like it could ALMOST be at least the set-up for the kinda Al Bundy POV shots that the “shoe sale” post needed to really sell it.

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Wilbur J September 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I used to work w/ Bryan. He is a honorable man. And he spells his name w/ a “y” like my brother.

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Siamese September 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm

She is having a lawyer lovefest.. She needed to put C. Templeton in charge of this one too.

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Dan September 5, 2013 at 9:43 pm

“We’ve seen the pattern of incompetence and culture of secrecy that comes from having …..” I thought Harrison was going to finally admit how the Democrats so botched up the Richland County Election Commission – then let it get worse – then Supreme Ruler of the SC Democratic Party Jean Toal approved the entire corrupt debacle. Thank you Darryl Jackson, James Smith and Joel Lourie!

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ralph September 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

Another insider whose only talent is self promotion. This administration has no shame.
Corrections is no place for a political hack.

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EJB September 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Well, if experienced and qualified administrators let it get to this point how much worse can it get under the inexperienced and unqualified Bryan Stirling? The only thing missing is riots and if riots break out under Stirling then Haley will finally have to do something about corrections. Maybe he won’t be weighted down by whatever let the other administrators run the department into the ground. I thought the inmates were limited to periodic phone calls and now I find out they have internet access, there’s tax payers that don’t have internet access.

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