Acting juvenile justice director picked for post

The South Carolina Statehouse. Grace Beahm/Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Gov. Nikki Haley has chosen the acting director of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice as the agency's permanent leader.

Haley spokeswoman Chaney Adams said Thursday that Sylvia Murray will head the agency that oversees about 140 prisoners and another 8,500 juveniles in other disciplinary programs. It has some 1,400 employees.

Just Tuesday, Haley announced Murray would serve as acting director to replace retired director Margaret Barber and that a search was underway for Barber's successor.

Murray has worked as the agency's deputy director of administrative services. The 53-year-old was born in Sumter.

She began her career with state government at the Department of Natural Resources as a business manager in 1995. She also worked at the Department of Consumer Affairs before joining Juvenile Justice in 2004.