Full Senate panel to consider SC Social Services nominee

Full Senate panel to consider SC Social Services nominee


Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The confirmation process continues for Gov. Nikki Haley's pick to lead South Carolina's embattled Department of Social Services.

A full Senate committee meets on Wednesday to consider the nomination of Susan Alford, who was approved by a subcommittee Tuesday. The full Senate will ultimately need to vote on her confirmation.

Haley picked Alford to replace Lillian Koller, who resigned last year. Haley had refused to fire Koller, who resigned a day before the Senate was expected to take up a no-confidence vote on her leadership.

Alford has said she wants to visit each county, assess its needs and hear why caseworkers leave the agency. She also says she wants to work at developing an efficient way for people to report abuse allegations and revamp the protection of vulnerable adults.

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