ESC commissioners defiant against calls for resignation

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The interim director and commissioners at the state Employment Security Commission say they aren't going anywhere despite louder cries for their resignation.

Otis Rawl, president and CEO of the state Chamber of Commerce, recently asked the trio to step down after an audit claimed the agency is rife with mismanagement.

J. William McLeod, a chairman of the commission, says Rawl is being hasty with his call.

McLeod said in a statement the commissioners "intend to stay and work with the Legislature and the U.S. Department of Labor to correct any problems we may have internally or with the unemployment insurance laws we are charged with administering."

The state House of Representatives gave key approval to a bill Thursday designed to reform the embattled agency and put it under the control of the governor as the Department of Workforce.

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