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Templeton stepping down as head of SC's health agency

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By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The director of South Carolina's health department is stepping down.

Catherine Templeton told the board of directors at the Department of Health and Environmental Control on Thursday that she is leaving the post effective Jan. 12.

Templeton was an attorney in Mount Pleasant when Gov. Nikki Haley made her one of her first Cabinet selections. After her 2010 election, the Republican governor said she picked Templeton to run South Carolina's labor department because of her legal specialty in fighting labor unions.

Haley chose Templeton for DHEC in 2012, over legislative criticism that she wasn't qualified for the job.

Templeton told her board Thursday that she promised the governor four years of public service and had fulfilled that commitment. She did not say what she planned to do next.

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