Marcia Adams, head of the soon-to-close agency that oversees much of S.C. state government operations, was named Thursday as the first director of the state’s new Department of Administration.
Gov. Nikki Haley, to whom the new agency will report, appointed Adams to the post. Adams will move into her new job July 1 when the state Budget and Control Board is split between the Department of Administration and the new Fiscal Accountability Authority.
Adams became the budget board’s director in 2011 after spending eight years running the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. The Beaufort native and Clemson University graduate has spent 27 years working in state government.
Adams’ experience overseeing a state agency and the budget board, made up of the governor and four other political leaders, were key reasons why Haley said she chose her for the job.
“This is the one position that I am not the slightest bit nervous about,” Haley said. “I have seen her in action. I know what she thinks. We’re looking at a good finance person that understands this is all about making the lives of every agency easier and reducing the dollars of every taxpayer in South Carolina.”
Adams said she understands how to manage the support needed to run state agencies – including information technology, buildings and human resources.
“I bring a unique perspective,” she said.
Adams earns $185,517 a year as director of the Budget and Control Board. The salary of her new job has not been determined, the governor’s office said. Adams will have to win state Senate confirmation for the new post.
Adams will remain head of the Budget and Control Board until June 30.
The Department of Administration will perform many of the administrative services of state government formally provided by the budget board, including overseeing human resources, information technology, and building and vehicle operations.
The Fiscal Accountability Authority, which also will start operation July 1, will be run by the same five-member group, led by the governor, that now runs the Budget and Control Board. That authority will approve large spending and land purchase requests from state agencies, and oversee state procurement.
The Department of Administration was created after years of pushing by S.C. governors who wanted more control over state government operations. Lawmakers agreed to give the governor control over the state agency earlier this year.