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Agency heads paid below Haley’s goal

COLUMBIA — The new directors of South Carolina’s unemployment and revenue agencies will earn lower salaries than Gov. Nikki Haley recommended.

Bill Blume’s salary rises to $156,000 as director of the state’s tax collection agency, and Cheryl Stanton will earn $145,000 to lead the Department of Employment and Workforce, under votes this week by the Agency Head Salary Commission, which approves salaries and raises of agencies’ top officers.

Both Blume and Stanton replaced directors who resigned amid criticism from legislators. Their salaries are higher than their predecessors but about $21,000 less than Haley requested.

In other news

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS are testing the staff and clients of a Myrtle Beach homeless shelter after a former resident developed tuberculosis.

THE YORK COUNTY Sher­iff’s Office will pay $90,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of a 79-year-old pedestrian who was hit and killed by a deputy’s patrol car.


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