Politics & Government

Governor-elect Haley taps lawyer as new LLR chief

Gov.-elect Nikki Haley has picked Charleston labor attorney Catherine Templeton to head the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Templeton is Haley's second cabinet appointment, and must be confirmed by the state Senate.

LLR handles business licensing and provides support to the professional boards which regulate industries such as real estate.

Templeton was a law clerk for the agency director from 1995 to 1998.Templeton is an attorney with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Srewart, with a specialty in "union avoidance." Haley said she is expecting a union fight over the state's new Boeing plant. Workers at an affiliated plant voted to reject a union last year.

Haley said she also expects Templeton to reduce the six-month average wait times for business licenses, using improvements at the Department of Motor Vehicles as a model.

"It's part of their livelihood," Templeton said. "It's something they can't wait on.

"That needs to happen quickly, more efficiently."