Haley picks forestry industry exec. to head Revenue Department

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gov.-elect Nikki Haley has chosen a new director for the South Carolina Revenue Department.

Haley said Wednesday that James Etter of Norco Equipment will lead the state agency. Etter is a vice president and chief financial officer with the company that makes forestry equipment.

"We've always said we wanted strong people on our team who know what it's like to be on the other side of the red tape," said Gov.-elect Haley. "That's exactly what we get with Jim Etter. He has invaluable experience, having been involved in every aspect of accounting, and knows what it takes to keep businesses in compliance while also keeping them strong and growing."

Etter will replace Ray Stevens as head of the Revenue Department. Stevens said last month he was taking a job with a law firm.

It's an honor to serve on Gov.-elect Haley's team," said Mr. Etter. "We have a tremendous opportunity ahead of us. We're ready to work hard to make our state the most competitive and business friendly in the country."

Haley on Tuesday announced she had chosen Anthony Keck to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Keck currently serves in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.

Other agencies she's chosen leaders for are commerce, labor, corrections and juvenile justice.

Haley will be sworn into office next week.

The state Senate must confirm the Cabinet choices.

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