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Byars to take over prisons; Ozmint out

Dec 16, 2010 11:26:00 AM - thestate.com
Gov.-elect Nikki Haley has tapped Bill Byars, longtime head of the state's Department of Juvenile Justice, as the state's new prisons chief.

That means Gov. Mark Sanford appointee Jon Ozmint, who has run the state's prison system for eight years and recently expressed interest in remaining in that post, is out.

Haley, at a morning news conference, said Byars' work at DJJ made him the right man for the job at a sometimes troubled state Department of Corrections. She thanked Ozmint for his service and praised Byars for turning around a Juvenile Justice Department that was once such a threat to children under its care that it had been under federal oversight.

Haley also named Byars' replacement. Margaret Barber, who is Byars' current chief of staff, will head DJJ.

Thursday's appointments are the third and fourth cabinet selections by Gov.-elect Haley. She has named new leaders to for the state Department of Commerce and the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation