Governor names former attorney general to chair Santee Cooper

Governor names former attorney general to chair Santee Cooper
Former S.C. Attorney General Charlie Condon has been nominated to lead the board of Santee Cooper. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina's governor nominated a former state attorney general to lead the board of directors for utility Santee Cooper.

Gov. Henry McMaster announced Charlie Condon as the next chairman of the board Wednesday afternoon.

"With his commitment to the rule of law and his proven dedication to serving the people of South Carolina above all else, I'm confident that Mr. Condon's leadership will usher in a new era of accountability at Santee Cooper that South Carolinians deserve," McMaster said.

Condon will serve the unexpired term ending in May of this year that was left vacant when former Chairman Leighton Lord resigned in December 2017.

"I appreciate Gov. McMaster asking me to accept this important challenge," Condon said. "As the future and mission of Santee Cooper is debated, my goal is to provide transparent and accountable leadership of the board, with the interests of ratepayers and customers my number one priority."

McMaster said he will appoint Condon to a full, seven-year term after the current term expires.

A spokesperson for Santee Cooper said she did not have any information about the nomination.

Condon served as attorney general of South Carolina from 1995 to 2003. He also served as a solicitor in Charleston and Berkeley Counties for more than 10 years.

Santee Cooper was the minority partner with SCANA Corp. for building two nuclear reactors. The utilities abandoned construction last summer after nearly a decade of planning and work.

In December, SCANA proposed handing over the V.C. Summer nuclear site to Santee Cooper so the project can be preserved and perhaps finished later. That decision came more than four months after the more than $9 billion project was suddenly abandoned, leaving thousands without a job.

The governor's appointment will be sent for approval to the Public Utilities Review Committee prior to being sent to the full Senate for confirmation.

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