Governor Nikki Haley yesterday named Bryan P. Stirling as the acting director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC), effective October 1st. Current director, William R. Byars Jr. announced his retirement in August after having served as the head of the SCDC for three years. Bryan Stirling has been Governor Haley’s Chief of Staff since October of 2012 and served as South Carolina’s Deputy Attorney General from 2006 to 2012.
“Over the past three years our prison population has decreased and the recidivism rate is now at a 20 year low – proving that our reforms are working,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “When it came time to think of someone for the Department of Corrections, I wanted someone I knew I could work well with, someone that knows how I feel about our prison system, and someone that I trusted. That person is Bryan Stirling and I am both proud and confident in his ability to continue the great work Judge Byars has established.”
The appointment gets a good review locally. “I approve of the governor’s appointment,” said Representative Mike Pitts. “I’ve worked closely on law enforcement issues with Bryan while he was at the Attorney General’s office and during his time at the governor’s office.”
Other support comes from Senator Mike Fair, who said “Bryan is an excellent choice to lead the DOC…His experience at the Attorney General’s Office and time spent working with law enforcement will be a tremendous asset for the department. Bryan’s reputation is impeccable and he has consistently served with distinction.”
Alan Wilson said “As Deputy Attorney General, I frequently relied on Bryan Stirling’s expertise and counsel. He not only gained my utmost trust, but his leadership skills earned him the respect of his colleagues in the Attorney General’s Office. I know Bryan will display that same leadership and ability as he moves on to the next phase of his career.”
Bryan Stirling will be transitioning over the next several weeks and officially begin his duties as director beginning October 1, 2013.