COLUMBIA — Senators questioned Wednesday why South Carolina’s public health agency hasn’t moved quicker in finding a new director to lead the state through the pandemic.
The agency’s governing board intends to name a replacement for Rick Toomey in November, chairman Mark Elam told a Senate panel.
That’s six months after the director of the agency that’s supposed to be guiding South Carolina’s COVID-19 response announced his resignation. It likely won’t be until January that his successor officially takes the helm.
Senators seem stunned the Department of Health and Environmental Control didn’t begin the search until sometime within the last month. Elam couldn’t recall exactly when the agency hired an outside job-recruiting firm.
“We felt comfortable with our acting director,” Elam said about Marshall Taylor, who stepped into the role in June for the second time this year and his fourth time overall at the agency. Toomey took a two-week