Acting Juvenile Justice director named
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 Monday.
A search is underway for a full-time successor to Barber.
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Murray was Juvenile Justice’s senior business manager in its 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, left for a private sector job. The director of the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, Kela Thomas, resigned.
Haley recently named new directors at the Department of Social Services and the newly created Department of Administration.
Governor’s schedule and activities
Gov. Nikki Haley’s public schedule for this week, released Monday by her staff, had one activity, joining an announcement Monday by the S.C. Ports Authority, Lowcountry Open Land Trust and Coastal Conservation League of a collaboration agreement to spend up to $5 million to preserve land along the Cooper River.
According to her staff, Haley’s public schedule for last week, New Year’s week, had only one activity, attending last Monday’s Charleston funeral of former S.C. Gov. James Edwards.