Chairman Vows Intense Vetting of New DSS Director

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Senate subcommittee investigating DSS met Wednesday and say they've still got work to do, even though former agency director Lillian Koller has resigned.

"The next nominee for this agency needs to be someone who has a proven track record in child protective services and foster care," said Sen. Tom Young (R-Aiken). "We've stated that repeatedly."

The committee will continue meeting in the summer and fall according to Young. He says some of those meetings will happen in other parts of the state, so citizens in those areas can testify about DSS.

The first meeting could happen in the next two weeks.

By the end of the year, the committee will prepare a report with suggestions on new laws and policies. The report will go before the General Assembly in 2015.

"We got new numbers just last week of caseworkers that are overloaded, and our goal is to find the solution to the problem," said Sen. Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington).

At some point, Governor Nikki Haley will nominate a new DSS director.

The search is underway right now and the Governor has said she wants the process to move as quickly as possible. She also said it will be tough finding someone who wants the job.

During the meeting Wednesday, the committee vowed they and Senate colleagues will conduct one of the most through vettings of a candidate ever.

"I think it's going to take more case workers and more resources," Lourie said.


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