DHEC Director Catherine Templeton announces resignation

DHEC Director Catherine Templeton announces resignation

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton announced at a meeting on Thursday that she will resign effective January 12, 2015.

"When Governor Haley pulled me from the private sector, I promised her four years of public service and I have fulfilled my commitment, Templeton said. "I'm looking forward to serving the state from a different position."

Templeton, who was one of the first cabinet members appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley in 2010 as the Secretary of Labor, came to state government after 20 years in manufacturing.

She was appointed after the announcement that Boeing would locate in South Carolina.

The S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation oversees professions such as doctors, accountants, general contractors, and real estate professionals.

Templeton was also in charge of the federal Occupational Safety and Health program (OSHA) and immigration.

During her short time at DHEC, officials say Templeton also expanded healthcare services and access statewide and directed public health efforts to the one issue that that kills the most South Carolinians, makes the most sick, and if prevented would save the state the most money in healthcare costs: Obesity.

A press release by DHEC states that Templeton is appointed by the Senate through March 2016, but told the Board upon hire that she would leave after Governor Haley's first term to make room for another set of fresh eyes.

DHEC officials say after she signaled her departure to the Board in October, she formally resigned by letter this month.

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