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Sources: SCDSS Probed Former “Problem Bureaucrat”

LOIS RICHTER THE FOCUS OF MULTIPLE INQUIRIES DURING HER TENURE IN CHARLESTON || By FITSNEWS || Last week this website reported on a bizarre decision by the chronically scandal-scarred S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) to rehire – or rather transfer – a top Lowcountry, S.C. bureaucrat named Lois Richter….

LOIS RICHTER THE FOCUS OF MULTIPLE INQUIRIES DURING HER TENURE IN CHARLESTON

|| By FITSNEWS || Last week this website reported on a bizarre decision by the chronically scandal-scarred S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) to rehire – or rather transfer – a top Lowcountry, S.C. bureaucrat named Lois Richter.

Richter led the agency’s Charleston, S.C. office for a little over a year beginning in early 2014.  In June of this year she was hired to lead the agency’s Beaufort, S.C. office – a decision that’s caused serious consternation among lawmakers tasked with overseeing this agency.

As we noted in our earlier report, two S.C. Senators familiar with Richter’s tenure in Charleston tell us “serious allegations” were brought to their attention related to her brief stay in the Holy City.  One of these Senators referenced an “ongoing legislative investigation” into Richter – part of a broader probe of “unacceptable practices” at SCDSS.

What were the specific allegations?

We still haven’t been able to uncover much in the way of details, but multiple sources at SCDSS headquarters in Columbia, S.C. tell FITS Richter was the subject of not one but three internal investigations during her time in Charleston.

Specifically, these sources cited a human resources probe, an inquiry by the agency’s office of investigations and an independent inquiry requested by the agency’s new director, Susan Alford.

That’s a lot of investigating …

FITS has prepared a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in an effort to obtain public documents related to these various inquiries.  We’ll let you know what – if any – response it generates from the agency.

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4 comments

beenthere September 11, 2015 at 1:13 pm

She was nasty as the GAL Director and continued her craziness @ Charleston DSS. What a nut case. Everyone knows her and Koller were more than friends, how else would someone so incompetent get the job. She is disgusting. They need to run the short runt Regional Director out of town also. What a bunch of losers.

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concerned September 11, 2015 at 6:40 pm

They need a good house cleaning on middle management in the State Office including the County Directors who continue to support this toxic environment. Did they really believe that just by forcing Koller out it would solve management problems with this agency.

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breanna November 5, 2015 at 3:14 am

i heard from staff that she committed sexual harassment of female staff and made racial comments about a staff members child.

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