COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley has named her former fellow Lexington County legislator, Ted Pitts, as her new chief of staff.
Pitts succeeds Bryan Stirling, who was named the S.C. Department of Corrections director last week.
Pitts served with Haley while she was in the General Assembly from 2005-11. He was in the legislature from 2003-11 before he chose not to run for reelection when his S.C. National Guard unit was deployed to Afghanistan. He also ended a bid for lieutenant governor.
The 41 year old was named the governors deputy chief of staff overseeing issues dealing with cabinet agencies, boards and commissions and the Legislature after Haleys 2010 election.
Ted has been a vital member of our team from the very beginning and I am proud and excited to name him as our new chief of staff, Haley said in a statement. Having served together in the legislature and worked closely over the past three years, he is someone who understands our administrations priorities and has the institutional knowledge needed to put those priorities into action.
He will receive the same salary as Stirling, $128,750. Pitts earns $105,060 in his current job.
Pitts, married with three children, is a major in the guard. He received the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan.
He has worked as a commercial real estate broker and is a football referee in the Southern Conference.
Stirling, a former deputy attorney general, spent 11 months as chief of staff after succeeding Tim Pearson, who left last October to help with the governors reelection campaign. Pearson managed Haleys 2010 gubernatorial race.