Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Governor Nikki Haley spoke briefly to reporters about finding a new director at the Department of Social Services.
Monday, agency director Lillian Koller submitted a letter of resignation to the governor, saying that her continued presence at the agency is a distraction. Previous:Lillian Koller Resigns | Lawmakers Respond to Resignation
Haley spoke after a bill signing event. She did not answer questions about Koller's resignation saying statements released Monday from the Governor's Office and from Koller said everything that needed to be said.
The Governor answered one question about the process to name a permanent director. "There will be a couple of things that will be difficult," Haley responded. "First of all in an election year, if you are trying to bring in someone who is strong and credible, their concern is this a job I'm going to have for a little bit? Or is this person going to get reelected and I'm going to have a job longer. So it makes it difficult. The second thing is to find somebody who can really do this. This is not a job people want. You know, it is not a job that is easy. So, we'll take time trying to find the right person, but we'll do it as quickly as possible . It's what we always try and do."
Amber Gillum is now serving as interim director. Gillum was serving as the Deputy State Director for Economic Services at DSS.