Gov. Nikki Haley will see more turnover in her cabinet next month when Margaret Barber, director of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, retires.
State Rep. Shannon Erickson, R-Beaufort, and Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville, informally announced Barber’s exit from the leadership post at a child-welfare committee meeting that took place at Juvenile Justice on Thursday evening.
Erickson and Fair lauded Barber’s work at the agency. Barber is an ex-officio member of the child-welfare committee and attended Thursday’s meeting.
Haley appointed Barber to the post in February 2011.
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Barber has more than 40 years of experience in juvenile justice. She earned a degree in social work from Winthrop University and has worked in probation and parole supervision, court services and administration, including as chief of staff to Bill Byars, the former Juvenile Justice director, according to Barber’s biography on the website.
Barber and Haley’s office could not be reached for comment Friday.
After winning re-election to her second term, Haley said she expected some leadership changes in her administration. Barber’s exit will be the third high-profile departure.
Haley said Monday that Christian Soura, her deputy chief of staff, would take the reins at the state’s Medicaid agency, where director Tony Keck is leaving for the private sector.
The Governor’s Office said Thursday that Ted Pitts, Haley’s chief of staff, was taking a job with the S.C. Chamber of Commerce and would be succeeded by James Burns, a Haley appointee to the S.C. Ethics Commission and former legal counsel to Haley’s blue-ribbon ethics reform panel.