George McKinney (Image: SC Emegency Management Division)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The director of South Carolina's Emergency Management Division is stepping down from his post and the group's chief of staff is serving as interim director.
George McKinney says he is leaving in mid-March and chief of staff Kim Stenson is stepping in as interim director.
The division comes under South Carolina's military department, headed by Adjutant Gen. Robert Livingston, Jr.
Livingston said in a statement released Friday that he and Gov. Nikki Haley accepted McKinney's decision to leave in order to commit more time to his family.
McKinney has served in the post for almost two years. He led operations through Hurricane Irene in September of 2011 and the response to the tornado in York county in November 2012.
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