COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/SCRN/WVOC) - Governor Nikki Haley has named a New York City labor lawyer as the new leader of South Carolina's unemployment agency.
Cheryl Stanton would become the first female director for the Department of Employment and Workforce if the state Senate confirms her.
In addition to her work for a law firm specializing in labor cases, Stanton previously was an associated counsel at the White House for President George W. Bush
She was chosen from three finalists picked by a legislative panel, and says she's anxious to assess and fix any problems with the agency.
“I know there's been a lot of challenges in terms of making sure the department runs correctly but also making sure that the people who are getting benefits...are getting the benefits correctly,” Stanton said.
“But more importantly, that the people who need to training to get the jobs that are coming to South Carolina are getting that training.”
Stanton's selection comes two months after former unemployment director Abraham Turner resigned during a backlash from lawmakers upset with the agency's plans to cut in-person assistance for jobless claims at 17 rural offices.
The department has announced a statewide reorganization directing anyone seeking unemployment benefits to use an online system.
(Photo courtesy the Governor's Office)