Catherine Templeton Headed To State Ports Authority

FORMER HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL DIRECTOR ACCEPTS “SENIOR LEADERSHIP” POSITION || By FITSNEWS || Former S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director Catherine Templeton has accepted a senior leadership position at the S.C. State Ports Authority (SCSPA), sources close to the agency tell FITS. Templeton did not respond to our requests…


|| By FITSNEWS || Former S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director Catherine Templeton has accepted a senior leadership position at the S.C. State Ports Authority (SCSPA), sources close to the agency tell FITS.

Templeton did not respond to our requests for comment about the job, but multiple sources at the agency told us her hiring was announced via email late Monday by SCSPA chief executive officer Jim Newsome.

After resigning from SCDHEC back in January, Templeton turned down a “Republican” appointment to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C.  Most recently she served in a part-time consulting role with the S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR).

An adept manager and political messenger, Templeton received rave reviews during her tenure at SCDHEC.  In addition to saving tens of millions of tax dollars, she scored high marks for her handling of the Ebola threat – including showing up personally at one Charleston-area hospital pretending to be a patient with symptoms of the disease in an effort to gauge its response capability.

In fact the agency went to hell shortly after she left …

Templeton is one of several top prospects reportedly eyeing the South Carolina “Republican” gubernatorial nomination in 2018.

Also on the list?  U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson, S.C. Senator Tom Davis and S.C. Rep. Tommy Pope.  U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan and S.C. Rep. Kirkman Finlay have also been mentioned with increasing frequency of late, as has S.C. lieutenant governor Henry McMaster.


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Ben September 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm

She doesn’t stay anywhere long. The DOR Director ran her off after 3 months.

The Truth Be Told September 15, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Whatever. Reames and Templeton are thick as thieves. Expect something good for him coming from the Port.

LexCty September 15, 2015 at 5:16 pm

I am a DOR employee and can say the Director did not run her off. Reames is well liked at the agency but it’s because he is shrewd politically. Every action, including hiring Templeton, is designed to achieve a certain result he wants to achieve. Some of his shine may wear off when they find out he wants a smaller workforce and they will be downsized. How’s that gonna be for a result?

SillySally September 15, 2015 at 8:32 pm

He needs to clean out some of the perverts working there.

Superfly September 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm

I’d say it’s going to be awfully difficult to campaign for Gubner, raise money, and etc., while employed by the Ports Authority. Perhaps she’s not running for Gubner? Since the SPA Board of Directors is appointed by Trikki Nikki, should we conclude she is on board with this new job for Templeton? FITS suggested Trikki Nikki was not down with the temporary gig she had at DOR.

RogueElephant September 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Let’s hope she dose as good a job here as she did at DEHEC.

ELCID September 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Yep, maybe this time she will show up for work from her palace on Sullivan’s Island near Charleston.

Looking Behind the Curtain September 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm

This “lady” loves them government jobs — as long as it benefits her.

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Septic Saluda September 15, 2015 at 4:50 pm

She could still help DHEC. There are plenty of middle managers there who could use a good keel-hauling. And handy yardarms might be of some considerable convenience too. Or heck, simple shanghai-ing if you’re too squeamish for the previous.

erneba September 15, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Occasionally, it would be nice to fill one of these high level state jobs with a qualified candidate.

News Tip September 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm

She get a $290,000.00 year salary + the extras that ports dishes out.

dwb619 September 15, 2015 at 10:01 pm

Do they have a daily “grog” ration?

Sic Semper Tyrannis September 15, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Start at the top then work down.

News Tip September 15, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Haley set it up for her. The State Ports is totally corrupt, I tell you. Most all the construction that takes place there keeps going to the same contractors. And we are talking contracts worth from hundreds of thousands well into the millions of dollars. Serious bid rigging suspected by many in the Charleston area but nobody has the balls to challenge it for some strange reason. Guess they don’t want to get black balled out of other government contracts. If you check it out, you will see that many of the same contractors keep getting all the bid work at the ports.

Septic Saluda September 15, 2015 at 5:43 pm

“but nobody has the balls to challenge it for some strange reason”

“Chainsaw Catherine” certainly does not seem to be afraid of anybody.

Iftheyonlyknew September 15, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Perhaps she’s there to be sure that the Savannah sell-out is followed through.

Soft Sigh from Hell September 15, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Wasn’t that before her time at DHEC?

CNSYD September 15, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Templeton, little Mulvaney and carpetbagger Davis. SC is doomed.

Sic Semper Tyrannis September 15, 2015 at 6:32 pm

Cheer up, it’s been that way since I can remember in this state.

Seriously? September 15, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Can anyone stand her for more than a few months?

SillySally September 15, 2015 at 6:41 pm

She needed to help DOR personnel keep their emails clean. Talk dirty to me!

Sic Semper Tyrannis September 15, 2015 at 7:35 pm

How dirty ,

SillySally September 15, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Perverted emails, leering, starring, innuendos…

Sic Semper Tyrannis September 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Noted, thanks.

Bible Thumper September 15, 2015 at 7:38 pm

“Templeton is one of several top prospects reportedly eyeing the South Carolina “Republican” gubernatorial nomination in 2018.”

Will Folks could propel Catherine to the lead in the governor’s by falsely claiming to having had an affair with her, release emails where third parties discuss rumors about the affair, claim that forensic examination of his computer will provide proof of the affair and finally, announcing he will be writing a tell all book about the affair.

Sam September 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm

She is neither viable nor competent. Simply a pariah.

Jim's Minion September 15, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Jimmy Newsome has a plan. He hates the Board that governs the Port. He hates being part of a “STATE” agency. He announced it at a Managerial Meeting which I was part of. He is doing his best to remove “State” from the SC STATE Ports Authority, going as far as having all employees adopt a new logo, a new Port Identity which removed “State” from our identity. He has even gone so far as to try to remove SCSPA.COM from our email addresses. Unfortunately for his plans, the domain SCPA is already owned by another entity.
I work on the 3rd floor which Jimmy calls “The Ivory Tower”. Don’t believe me? Ask any Port employee about an email addressed to “Everyone” which his salutation was, and I quote, “Greetings From The Ivory Tower”.
No one, and I mean, NO ONE, says no to Jimmy. If you do, you are out on the street. That’s a fact. He has turned a once enjoyable work environment into Hell. For those of us on the 3rd floor, the Executive Branch, we inevitably have to pass that attitude down to long-time, faithful employees. One very difficult thing we had to pass onto very dedicated workers was this directive:

– As of this past December 31st, whatever leave you have acquired will be your new ceiling as far as the amount of vacation you have accrued. You are allowed to carry over 40 hours above that to this year but after the year is done, you will be limited to the annual leave, your ceiling, which you retained as of December 31st, 2014. If you have a family emergency, surgery, whatever, and you drop below your ceiling, that becomes your new ceiling of annual leave. Should you wind up having a true crisis whether you use FMLA or Family Sick Leave with a Doctor’s note and drop below 40 hours, from that point on 40 hours of leave will be your maximum amount for as long as you are employed with Jimmy. If you can, try to imagine what that does to the mindset of employees who have given over 15, 20, or 25 years of service! If it demonstrates anything, the 3rd floor (Executive Floor) bathroom plumbing is showering over all of the personnel that make the port productive.

This bit of news came to us as we had to hand it down to our departments. The most gut wrenching aspect was that there was no explanation as to why! No identity as to who or what department made this decision. Were these accrued hours going to be used for growth instead of what each and every employee has come to expect and rely on? No. In fact, at that same Managerial Meeting I mentioned earlier, a terminal manager asked the question as to why this was happening, whose idea was it and what was its purpose? Jimmy told him that’s the way it is. You call this man a great leader? If you think that from the outside, you are entitled to your opinion. Try putting your feet in my shoes and work for this ego maniac! So many long time, hard working employees plan on their accrued vacation as part of their retirement plans and expected retirement income. Let’s just say that with Jimmy’s salary, perks, etc, Jimmy has no worries about his retirement. The rank and file can go an copulate themselves. (My personal opinion)
Onto is next phase of which he wrote to every employee – Jimmy’s goal is to remove “The State Culture” from the Port. Jimmy doesn’t understand it. How can he when his head is so far up….. in the clouds of $$$. Frankly I am disgusted by this man.
So now, Jimmy is creating what he calls a “Business Atmosphere”. He has hired a consultant and the changes made as to who reports to whom show such favoritism, especially to one female. Let’s just say for the record, Jimmy spends a lot of his business and “off” time with this woman. Both Jimmy and this woman are married, I’m sure, to very faithful partners. The entire Port suspects Jimmy may be dipping his pen in her ink well. If he isn’t, he should be with the amount of time they are seen together.
With the latest hiring, with the latest managerial structure, my belief is that Jimmy wants out with the old who knew what the Port used to be like, and in with the new that will kiss his ass-black shoes.
And one more thing – if you are doing your best to remove “The State” from the Port, does that suggest something to you? To me, with his ties to Hamburg Sud, that female I mentioned with her political ties, does Jimmy have PRIVATIZATION up his sleeve? You decide. I have and the answer is YES.

Soft Sigh from Hell September 16, 2015 at 12:31 pm

This is what separates FITSNEWS from the mainstream media.

Opinion pieces where the opinions can really bite.

Mike at the Beach September 16, 2015 at 12:19 am

I’m not sure which FITS turnaround was more amazing – Ravenel or Templeton.

Sleazy Cat September 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

Templeton left LLR & DHEC in a mess. She creates a mess and then leaves just as the lawsuits and judgements against her and the scum she hired start arriving. The press should FOIA request a list of all the lawsuits, judgements, and out of court settlements due to sleazy Cat and her scum sucking management

ELCID September 16, 2015 at 2:42 pm

There seems to be no end to Nicki Haley’s appointments of her crony friends to public payout position. Templeton is a complete incompetent and knows absolutely nothing about the Ports Authority or anything related to it.

These appointments by Haley should be investigated for malfeasance in office, and kick back bribery. Of coarse they would have to be investigated by the FEDS as Haley uses SLED and Alan Wilson as her “Lap Dogs.”


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