Gov Haley appoints 3 people to new agency's board

Gov. Nikki Haley
Gov. Nikki Haley

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley has made her three appointments to a new South Carolina agency charged with managing the state's retirement and health insurance systems for public workers.

Haley announced that she appointed Art Bjontegard, Cindy Hartley and Steve Matthews to the state Public Employee Benefit Authority. The agency was created as part of a law signed in June reforming the state pension system.

Bjontegard is former president of South Carolina National Bank, who previously led its pension, investment, and bond departments. Hartley retired from Sonoco, where she was senior vice president for human resources. Matthews is a Columbia attorney. He is past managing director of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd.

They will sit on a newly created, 11-member oversight board. Appointed members must include four beneficiaries of the state retirement plan.

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