Freddie Pugh resigns as director of SC Dept. of Juvenile Justice

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Governor Henry McMaster says Freddie Pough resigned from his position as director of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.

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Freddie Pough Image: ABC Columbia

“I’m grateful for Mr. Pough’s five years of leadership at the Department of Juvenile Justice and his passion for the work of rehabilitating the young people who come under the supervision of the agency,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “We will immediately begin working to find the best possible person to lead the agency into the future.”

While the department looks for a permanent director, officials say Eden Hendrick will serve as acting director.

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Eden Hendrick
Courtesy: Office of the Governor

Hendrick recently served as Assistant General Counsel at the South Carolina Department of Administration. Officials say she began serving as Senior Deputy Director at SCDJJ last week.

Pough’s tenure a DJJ was mired in controversy, culminating in June, when employees staged a walk out at DJJ’s complex in Columbia. Later that month state senators gave Pough a vote of no confidence.

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