DHEC Board Members to Discuss New Director

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Board members for the Department of Health and Environmental Control are meeting to discuss replacing the agency’s retiring director. The board’s personnel committee expects to spend most of Thursday’s meeting in executive session. The hiring of a new agency director is the only item on the agenda. DHEC Commissioner Earl Hunter announced plans in September to retire on Feb. 1, 2012. About 250 people have applied for the job. Hunter was named commissioner in August 2001. His tenure has been the longest in DHEC’s history. He joined the agency in 1980 after graduating from the University of South Carolina. The Legislature created the agency in 1973 by merging the former State Board of Health and Pollution Control Authority. DHEC is overseen by seven board members appointed by the governor.

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