- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The director of the state Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services is retiring after 5 ½ years at its helm.

Gov. Nikki Haley announced Bob Toomey’s retirement Tuesday.

Haley says Toomey has provided hope for people who suffer from addictions and their families. She says his accomplishments include expanding treatment services for people addicted to opioid prescription painkillers.

Sara Goldsby, a consultant for the agency, will serve as acting director.

Toomey’s work in state government dates back to 1974.

He was interim director of the state’s Medicaid agency in 2003.

Before that, he was director of the Retirement Systems, deputy director of the Budget and Control Board, and a Department of Mental Health deputy commissioner. He previously worked as a researcher for the Legislature.

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