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US Attorney Lloyd Picked for Chief of State Law Enforcement Division

US Attorney for South Carolina Reggie Lloyd. US Attorney for South Carolina Reggie Lloyd.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A stunning announcement for South Carolina Law Enforcement on Friday - Governor Mark Sanford will nominate US Attorney Reggie Lloyd as the next chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

The news caught a lot of people off guard.

Reggie Lloyd, former circuit court judge and the first African-American to serve as US Attorney on a permanent basis since Reconstruction, is expected to be named this afternoon as the successor to longtime SLED Chief Robert Stewart.

If the state Senate approves, Lloyd would take the job filled temporarily by Major Mark Keel after Stewart left in late November to start his own consulting business.

Many in law enforcement had expected Keel to get the permanent job.

Lloyd has been US Attorney for a little less than two years.

Before that he served as an at large judge for about three years, and he was a lawyer for the house judiciary committee.

While he has been the chief government prosecutor for South Carolina, Lloyd has no other law enforcement experience.

As SLED chief, Lloyd would also lead the state's Homeland Security program.

Lloyd met with WIS News 10 and reporters from the AP and State newspaper just Thursday morning.

We discussed media coverage of the federal courts, but he gave no indication that he was making plans to leave his post as US Attorney.

Posted by Bryce Mursch

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