Gov.-elect Nikki Haley has picked Charleston labor attorney Catherine
Templeton to head the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
Templeton is Haley's second cabinet appointment, and must be confirmed
by the state Senate.
LLR handles business licensing and provides support to the
professional boards which regulate industries such as real estate.
Templeton was a law clerk for the agency director from 1995 to 1998.
Templeton is an attorney with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and
Srewart, with a specialty in "union avoidance." Haley said she is
expecting a union fight over the state's new Boeing plant. Workers at
an affiliated plant voted to reject a union last year.
Haley said she also expects Templeton to reduce the six-month average
wait times for business licenses, using improvements at the Department
of Motor Vehicles as a model.