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Lillian Koller Resigns




S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) director Lillian Koller finally got Governor Nikki Haley to accept her resignation …

Koller – the state’s embattled welfare czarina – stepped down this week as the uproar over a flood of scandals mounted. In doing so, she becomes the fourth member of Haley’s cabinet to be forced from her position as a result of incompetence or corruption.

FITS has been on top of the scandals at SCDSS from day one … doing the work the state’s mainstream media either could not or would not do (at least not until recently).

Earlier this year, one local television station – WLTX TV 19 (CBS – Columbia, S.C.) – finally got around to confirming a shocking story first published by this website last summer. We’re referring, of course, to the tragic tale of Robert Guinyard Jr., a four-year-old boy who was placed into an abusive home by  Koller’s agency despite repeated warnings about his safety.

Because those warnings went unheeded, Guinyard was beaten to death in the home.

We called on Haley to fire Koller in the aftermath of that tragedy – not just because there was actual blood on her hands, but because the Guinyard tragedy was the latest in a long line of examples of her unfitness for office.

There’s the ongoing failure of SCDSS on the state’s child support enforcement database – or the total lack of follow-through Koller’s agency has shown with regard to a food stamp waiver touted by Haley in her so-called “war on fat.” There are also questionable consultant payments and allegations of cooked books at its “welfare to work” program (as well as its food stamp system).

(For a recent report detailing one of these scams, CLICK HERE).

In addition to Koller, Haley has been forced to accept the resignations of Abraham Turner at the S.C. Department of Workforce, Jim Etter at the S.C. Department of Revenue and Robert St. Onge of the S.C. Department of Transportation.

Koller’s resignation comes just days after one of Haley’s allies in the S.C. Senate blocked a vote of no confidence in the embattled bureaucrat – and after S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-Camden) launched a new campaign commercial in his gubernatorial race against Haley taking aim at Koller’s failures.

It also comes as the S.C. Legislative Audit Council (SCLAC) is preparing to release a reportedly damning assessment of the agency …