- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley says she’s looking for a new director for South Carolina’s probation and parole agency.

Haley said Wednesday that Director Kela Thomas has resigned. Haley praised Thomas’ leadership at the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services and says she’s sad to see her go. She was among two African-Americans and six women in Haley’s 16-agency Cabinet.

Haley did not give a specific reason for Thomas’ departure. She said only that her Cabinet’s changing for her second term as some members are tired, feel it’s time to move on or have opportunities elsewhere.

Thomas has led the probation and parole agency since the Senate confirmed her nomination in February 2011.

Deputy director Scott Norton will take over as acting director.

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