Governor Haley's nominee for the director of the Department of Health and Environmental control, Eleanor Kitzman, has withdrawn her name for consideration.
DHEC's chairman, Allen Amsler, has issued a statement on the issue on behalf of the South Carolina Board saying:
"On behalf of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, we have received the attached letter from Eleanor Kitzman informing us that she is withdrawing her name as the nominee for Director of the DHEC. This is an unfortunate occurrence for DHEC and South Carolina. The Board will immediately convene to begin the process of identifying the replacement nominee."
In Eleanor Kitzman's letter to the chairman, she wrote:
"In light of recent events, I am retracting my acceptance of the Board's offer of employment as Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. While it is not my nature or history to retreat when confronted with difficulty, I know from recent personal experience how this scenario plays out. Additionally, as I was reminded in church this morning, it's not about me; there is a bigger, more important picture to consider. My only purpose in becoming Director was to serve the Board, the agency, its employees and stakeholders, and the citizens of South Carolina, none of which will benefit from a protracted confirmation process, regardless of the outcome. There are many ways to serve, and I will continue to do so in order to pay forward the amazing gifts that God has bestowed upon me. Thank you for confidence in me. It has been a pleasure to get to know you and I wish the Board all the best."