South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley has chosen a former prosecutor to lead the state's probation and parole agency, and announced she believes it should merge with the corrections and juvenile justice agencies.
Haley, who will soon become the state's first female and first minority governor, on Thursday nominated Lynne Rogers to lead the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. She is Haley's first minority choice to lead a Cabinet agency, though her role would be diminished in a restructuring proposal.
Rogers, 59, is president of the South Carolina Black Lawyers Association. The Columbia resident is Haley's seventh Cabinet pick.
Rogers has been deputy director and attorney for the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation since 2003. She previously was an attorney for the state's Medicaid and public safety agencies. And she was an assistant Richland County prosecutor from 1985 to 1991.
"We're not just announcing another agency head, we're announcing a coalition," Haley said.