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Finding the talent is No. 1 priority for Haley's transition team

Chad Walldorf, vice chairman of the transition commitee, tells reporters it will take time for Gov.-elect Nikki Haley to choose who will fill the 17 open Cabinet positions. Chad Walldorf, vice chairman of the transition commitee, tells reporters it will take time for Gov.-elect Nikki Haley to choose who will fill the 17 open Cabinet positions.
Republican Attorney General Henry McMaster talks to a reporter after Haley's transition team met Friday. McMaster said there is a lot of talent in South Carolina for Haley to choose from for the open Cabinet positions. Republican Attorney General Henry McMaster talks to a reporter after Haley's transition team met Friday. McMaster said there is a lot of talent in South Carolina for Haley to choose from for the open Cabinet positions.

Finding the talent is No. 1 priority for Haley's transition team

By Nikki Papadopulos
Edited by Scott Waggoner

Gov.-elect Nikki Haley already has over 2,000 resumes for 17 Cabinet positions the transition team will get to fill, Chad Walldorf, the team's vice chairman said Friday.

Haley's husband, Michael, and Republican Attorney General Henry McMaster, who opposed Haley in the primary, have been added to the transition team.

Haley wants the team's 14 members to consider people outside the state for the jobs of leading some of South Carolina's key government agencies, Walldorf said. However, not all of the agency's directors will be changed.

"We don't need to make change for change's sake," he said.

The team will narrow the list to five candidates for each position. Haley will have the final decision.

Walldorf would not give a timetable for the process. The team needs time to get to know the agencies and the candidates, he said.

Transition Chairman David Wilkins would not discuss why Haley's husband was added. Getting to work right away was the team's first priority, he said.

On Thursday, Haley's new team members signed a pledge that their emails and other communication could be made public and that they would not talk on her behalf. Team members are also restricted from running for Cabinet positions.

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