Troubled SC jobs agency never evaluated director

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina officials are aghast at the latest revelation about the troubled state agency that hands out jobless benefits: It never did an annual evaluation of its executive director.

State law requires that most workers and at least 61 agency heads have performance appraisals. An Associated Press check found that some others put their chiefs through appraisals any way.

Lawmakers looking to overhaul the agency say it's another reason it needs to be changed.

Employment Security Commission Chairman Billy McLeod says if a director wasn't meeting standards, then he would be let go. He couldn't recall any director being told in writing they were falling short.

Executive Director Ted Halley announced his retirement in August after six years running the agency.

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