SLED director Reggie Lloyd told The State newspaper today that he will leave the post before his term ends in January.
Lloyd, the state’s top law enforcement officer, would not say precisely when he will step down.
“The only thing I’ve committed to is getting through this (legislative) session,” Lloyd said in responding to a new round of departure rumors, this time including talk that he was asked by Gov. Nikki Haley’s staff to resign early.
“I can say, unequivocally, she has never brought it up or communicated it directly or indirectly,” Lloyd said.
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Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey confirmed that the governor’s office has not asked Lloyd to step aside.
Lloyd’s term ends Jan. 31, 2012. He is filling the remaining portion of the term of Robert Stewart, who stepped down in December 2007 after 33 years with the State Law Enforcement Division.
Lloyd was nominated as director by then-Gov. Mark Sanford and confirmed by the state Senate on Feb. 14, 2008. He was the first director who was not a product of the agency, which is the state’s chief law enforcement department. The former state judge and legislative staffer also is SLED’s first African-American head.
The SLED director’s position is protected from political influence more than other gubernatorial appointees. Its director can be removed only for cause and is entitled to appeal through the state employee grievance system. Under state government restructuring in 1993, the term was changed so that it no longer coincided with the election of the governor.