Gov. McMaster nominates next Executive Director for SCDEW

Gov. Henry McMaster
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Published: Mar. 9, 2023 at 10:11 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster made a cabinet announcement this morning where he nominated William Floyd to be the next executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW).

McMaster began speaking on the importance of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce and the interconnected nature of SCDEW with economic developments across the state. He highlighted recent projects such as the Scout Motors plant announcement as part of the success DEW has seen in improving the state.

Floyd was screened by the South Carolina Senate’s Committee to Investigate Candidates for DEW.

“With tens of thousands of jobs created in just the last few years, it is paramount we have a leader at DEW who can help strengthen our workforce and fill these jobs,” said McMaster, “With his experience as chief of staff and 35-year career as a certified labor and employment specialist, William Floyd is the right person to lead the agency forward and build upon the strong foundation already in place at DEW.”

The governor’s appointment is subject to senate approval.

If approved, Floyd will be Dan Ellzey’s successor. Ellzey announced he was retiring from the position in Dec. of 2022.

Floyd joined the department in June of 2022 as Chief of Staff. He comes with a 35-year background in labor and employment law.

“Great things are happening in South Carolina, and I am privileged to be part of this growth and activity as the Acting Executive Director,” said Floyd, “I have spent my career as a lawyer learning the workforce needs and challenges of employers and employees. I am excited about approaching these challenges through full-time public service. As Acting Executive Director, I hope to continue the momentum of this great workforce agency and work to help coordinate an efficient and effective workforce development system on behalf of jobseekers, employers and the state.”


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