A deputy director has been named acting head of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice.
Sylvia Murray, the agency's deputy director of administrative services, succeeds Margaret Barber, who has retired, Gov. Nikki Haley's office said.
A search is underway for a full-time successor to Barber.
Murray was Juvenile Justice's senior business manager in the division of educational services, before becoming a deputy director two years ago, according to an agency newsletter. She earns $99,807 a year, according to state data.
The department has 1,450 employees who oversee about 140 prisoners and another 8,500 juveniles in other disciplinary programs.
Barber is the third cabinet member to leave since Haley won re-election as governor in November.
The head of Health and Human Services, Tony Keck, entered the private sector. The director at the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, Kela Thomas, resigned.
Haley also named recently directors at the Department of Social Services and the newly created Department of Administration.