Is Kela Thomas’ Head The Next To Roll?

SC PARDON AND PAROLE LEADER UNDER FIRE By FITSNEWS ||  The turmoil in S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley‘s cabinet could be growing as multiple sources tell FITS the head of the S.C. Department of Probation Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS) is on the chopping block. We’re referring to Kela Thomas, whose…


By FITSNEWS ||  The turmoil in S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley‘s cabinet could be growing as multiple sources tell FITS the head of the S.C. Department of Probation Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS) is on the chopping block.

We’re referring to Kela Thomas, whose agency – like most of the bureaucracies under Haley’s control – has been an unmitigated disaster over the last four years.

Why has Thomas kept her job amid allegations of missing millions and discriminatory hiring?  Good question … especially seeing as she openly defied one of Haley’s few attempts to save taxpayers money.

The easy answer?  As she brags about on the agency’s website, Thomas is a black female – and an active supporter of Barack Obama.  Firing her would have given rise to all sorts of racial headaches, which we’re told Thomas was more than ready to stoke – along with every single member of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus.

Another answer? Haley didn’t want to have to get rid of yet another one of her top appointees.


During her first term, Haley has been forced to accept the resignations of Lillian Koller at the S.C. Department of Social Services, 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.

All of these cabinet officials stepped down amidst major scandals at their agencies …

In April, our sources inside SCDPPPS reached out to us and encouraged us to stay on Thomas.

“Please keep the pressure on Kela Thomas,” one of our moles wrote. “Her and (the agency) are feeling it. Saying your site’s name at headquarters is forbidden. Please keep informing the public and politicians of her corrupt ways.”

After Haley’s reelection, though, sources have been buzzing that Thomas would not be long for a second term – assuming she made it that long.

According to the SCDPPPS press office, Thomas remained at her post as of Wednesday morning … we’ll let you know if that changes.

UPDATE: It’s official … Thomas has been let go by Haley. 


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tomstickler December 17, 2014 at 10:24 am

Looks like South Carolina is striving to move up in the rankings of most corrupt states.

Let us start the list. Additions welcome.

Sanford’s payout from
Mett’s sweet deal

guest December 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

Harley- Davidson bike thugs and criminals that occupy and destroy communities

Smirks December 17, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Oh my!!! LMAO :-)

[Please deposit $1 for additional pro-Haley comment.]

Steve December 18, 2014 at 12:16 am

screw you Tom..most of the people in SC are very good God fearing a real great person running ya damn mouth..furthermore, we put Trey Gowdy and Time Scott in Washington..Trey is the most honest man shut up!

Tunes'n'News December 17, 2014 at 10:54 am

Another disappointment. The Pitchfork Ben Tillman state constitution that created a weak executive branch has been bad for this state. Reform should occur making this state more like the rest where the governor is stronger but the government is therefore also more accountable. You’d know where the buck stops. But Haley’s poor choices for cabinet have really damaged the reform movement. Maybe we’re just too small of a pond to have any big fish worth a damn who would take such a cabinet level job.

nitrat December 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Haley’s poor cabinet choices follow Sanford’s poor cabinet choices. That means 12 years wasted, agencies treading water with 4 more to go…unless, she’s indicted first.
‘Reform’ will never work in this state because we are not going to do any better electing governors than we have done since 2002. The 2014 election showed that. SC voters will never hold a governor accountable for incompetence and bad, bad judgment.
For a governor to be re-elected with the cabinet failures she has had is incomprehensible. How exactly do SC voters decide who to vote for? Success in the management of state government is certainly NOT on their radar.

Anonymous December 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

Unmitigated disaster First Steps director Susan DeVenny and deputy Dan Wuori need to be on the chopping block list too!

Smirks December 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Oh, good lord, eugh… That face… Which is worse, Koller or Thomas? I don’t even know.

Lindsey Michelle December 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm

The governor accepted her resignation this morning. Scooter is taking the reigns until a replacement is named. She didn’t even make the announcement herself, but then the day is not yet over.

shifty henry December 17, 2014 at 3:17 pm

It’s hit the news — guessing the moles have turned into rats-in-waiting as witnesses for the future lawsuits. Once the dam is opened, as they say.

jimlewisowb December 17, 2014 at 1:54 pm

If any of the stories are to be believed coming out of the cesspool over at DPPPS then the Gypsy Queen will have to appoint 8 women, a midget and a palm reader to replace Cockroach Thomas

As for Thomas’ lifeline being POTUS, that fucking Cockroach is not only a lame duck he is about to do a three dead duck cartwheels into the Lake of Oblivion

shifty henry December 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm

‘ appoint 8 women, a midget and a palm reader’

There must be a joke in there somewhere…..?

Sharon December 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

There was alot of reverse discrimination going on there and is also going on at another agency. And multiple lawsuits..good luck taxpayers.

sparklecity December 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

This to…………..
A week or two i read in the Spartanburg H/J that the head of The Department of LLR left as well and gave no reason for his/her resignation……………..
Just up and quit as far as I can tell…………….

sparklecity December 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Then there is the stellar job SLED (under Chief Kerr’s ‘leadership”) is doing with the two year old “investigation” of the SC DOR hacking fiasco!!!
Two fucking years without a smattering of an answer as to who did it while millions of affected tax payers have to look over their shoulders for the next what; 30 YEARS OR MORE?????
Way to go Queen Namrata!!!!! The royal highness is on the ball fer sure!!!!!!

nothing new December 17, 2014 at 10:46 pm

I thought most resignations happened on Fridays…Wednesday at lunch?


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