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Feb. 17, 2012

Former DHEC Commissioner receives Order of the Palmetto

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Former S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control Commissioner Earl Hunter has been honored with the Order of the Palmetto, the agency announced today.

"With more than three decades of service to the people of South Carolina, the Order of the Palmetto is a well-deserved honor for Mr. Hunter," said DHEC Board chairman Allen Amsler. "Throughout his career at DHEC - from pool inspector to Commissioner - he strived to carry out the agency's mission of protecting and promoting the health of the people and the environment of our state."

Hunter, who retired from the agency on Feb. 1, was presented with the award by Gov. Nikki Haley's deputy chief of staff Ted Pitts prior to the DHEC Board's February meeting.

The Order of the Palmetto is the state's highest civilian honor awarded for extraordinary lifetime achievement and service to South Carolina and the nation.


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