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Haley picks Shwedo to coordinate disaster recovery

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Published Oct. 20, 2015

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Gov. Nikki Haley announces at a Monday press conference that she has named Kevin Shwedo, right, to serve as the State Disaster Recovery Coordinator. Standing behind the governor is Maj. Gen. Bob Livingston, adjutant general. (Photo/Provided)

Kevin Shwedo moves into the role of State Disaster Recovery Coordinator after serving as executive director of the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles since 2011.

In his new job, Shwedo will lead the state’s long-term recovery operations in counties designated as major disaster areas following this month’s disastrous flooding, Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday.

“When it comes to response, when it comes to recovery, when it comes to logistics, and when it comes to people, there is no one better who I can think of to be my point person than Colonel Shwedo,” Haley said. “This is about making sure that we continue the expeditious way that we have moved forward – not only coordinating with FEMA and not only with our state response, but we have to do it in a way that we are going into the communities and touching the people.”

Haley created the job with an executive order.

“The key is getting on the ground and finding out what’s needed," Shwedo said. "I’ve gone out and visited all 67 DMV (offices) … and I found out what needed to be fixed. My job is to go out and start talking to the county councils, and the mayors and the people served and do everything I can to go ahead and rectify the issues we’ve got.”

Before joining the Haley administration, Shwedo was deputy commanding officer at Fort Jackson. He retired from the Army after 32 years of service.

Shwedo will return to his job at DMV when finished. John Laganelli, chief of staff and director of operations at DMV, will serve as interim director.

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