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Feb. 28. 2012

DHEC Board’s selection for director approved by SC Senate

COLUMBIA, S.C.Catherine Templeton has been approved by the S.C. Senate as the next commissioner of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

“We’re pleased that Ms. Templeton has successfully completed the approval process and will soon be able to begin her tenure as DHEC Commissioner,” said Allen Amsler, chairman of the S.C. Board of Health and Environmental Control. “With a keen eye toward improving processes and strong management skills, she’s poised to hit the ground running in service to the people and environment of our state through one of its most crucial agencies.”

Templeton, whose first day at DHEC will be March 15, was selected last month by the DHEC Board to serve in the agency’s top post after a nationwide search. She replaces Earl Hunter, who retired Feb. 1 after more than 30 years with the agency, including more than 10 as commissioner.

“I’m honored to be entrusted with leading an agency that touches the life of every South Carolinian every day,” said Templeton, DHEC’s first female commissioner in its nearly 40-year history. “I look forward to working with DHEC’s noteworthy experts and outstanding staff to fulfill the agency’s mission of promoting and protecting the health of the people of South Carolina and our environment.”

For the past 13 months, Templeton has served as the director of the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Prior to leading LLR, Templeton practiced law at the Ogletree Deakins law firm, primarily in the areas of labor and employment. Before attending law school, she served as a human resources manager at Milliken & Company.

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For media inquiries:
Adam Myrick – (803) 898-3884
Email – myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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