Haley's DSS pick going for round 2 in confirmation hearings

The South Carolina Statehouse

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Senators are holding a second hearing to ask questions of the woman picked by Gov. Nikki Haley to lead South Carolina’s embattled Department of Social Services.

Members of the Senate General Committee are meeting again with Susan Alford on Tuesday.

Haley picked Alford to replace Lillian Koller, who resigned last year amid bipartisan calls for her ouster. Haley had refused to fire Koller, dismissing criticism as election-year politics. But Koller resigned a day before the Senate was expected to take up a no-confidence vote on her leadership.

In an initial hearing last week, Alford said she wants to visit each county, assess its needs and hear why caseworkers leave the agency.

If approved at the committee level, Alford’s nomination will ultimately go to the full Senate for a vote.