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Haley introduces new SCDOR director, fields questions about meeting with Trump

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Rick Reames, the current director of South Carolina's Department of Revenue, is stepping down to return to the private sector. Rick Reames, the current director of South Carolina's Department of Revenue, is stepping down to return to the private sector.
Hartley Powell, principal at KPMG, LLP, will succeed Reames as the director of SCDOR in January. Hartley Powell, principal at KPMG, LLP, will succeed Reames as the director of SCDOR in January.

By Ideen Ghorbani

South Carolina's Department of Revenue has a new leader.

Haley introduced Hartley Powell yesterday as the newly-appointed director of the state's Department of Revenue. He's the principal at KPMG, LLP, one of the top four auditing firms in the country. Hartley says he will work on a seamless transition with current director Rick Reame, who is leaving to return to the private sector in January.

"I would not be leaving if I didn't feel that the agency was in a much better position than it was when I started," Reames said.

Much of the conversation at Governor Haley's press conference, however, revolved around her meeting with President-elect Donald Trump last Thursday.

"When the President-elect calls and asks for a meeting, I would absolutely not turn that down. So, I was very happy to be invited," Haley said. "It was a good meeting. We talked about a multiple group of topics and it was a nice meeting."

The Governor said she is still talking with his transition team and that as long as the President-elect continues to ask questions, she will continue to be supportive.

When asked if she were prepared for a potential move to Washington, D.C., Governor Haley remained elusive in her answer.

"I am prepared to celebrate South Carolina and that I finally got my 46th county, I am prepared for a great Clemson-Carolina game this weekend, I am prepared to talk to anyone about the fires we have going on in the state, and prepared to deal with things like the Richland County Rec. Commission and all these other things that we need to catch up on," Haley said. "Those are the things I'm prepared for and those are the things I am focused on right now."

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