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Gov. McMaster renominates Mark Keel as SLED chief

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State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel. File

Gov. Henry McMaster has reappointed State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel to serve another term as South Carolina's top cop. 

McMaster on Wednesday sent the veteran law enforcement officer's nomination to the Senate for confirmation of a six-year term. 

Keel was first hired by SLED in 1979 and has spent most of his career working for the agency, aside from a three-year stint running the state Department of Public Safety beginning in 2008.

Then-Gov. Nikki Haley first appointed Keel to take the helm of SLED in 2011. 

"Chief Keel has served our state with great honor, integrity, and leadership for many years, and there is no one more qualified or more fitting to lead one of our state’s superior law enforcement agencies," McMaster said in a statement. "With leaders like him at the helm, the people of South Carolina can rest assured that our state is in good hands."

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Angie Jackson covers crime and breaking news for The Post and Courier. She previously covered the same beat for the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com in Michigan. When she’s not reporting, Angie enjoys teaching yoga and exploring the outdoors.

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