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Christy Hall talks to the media after Gov. Nikki Haley named her secretary of transportation for the state of South Carolina. (Photo/Provided)Christy Hall talks to the media after Gov. Nikki Haley named her secretary of transportation for the state of South Carolina. (Photo/Provided)

By Chuck Crumbo
Published Oct. 21, 2015

Gov. Nikki Haley has removed “acting” from Christy Hall’s title as secretary of the S.C. Department of Transportation.

Hall had been serving as the “acting secretary” since July 2, following the abrupt resignation of Janet Oakley, who left after spending about a year on the job.

The appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.

Hall previously served as deputy secretary for engineering, responsible for management of all engineering operations in support of the DOT’s $1.5 billion program.

“I am honored to lead the men and women of the S.C. DOT, whose dedication and commitment to service to this great state is inspiring to me,” Hall said. “I look forward to continuing to advance and improve upon our shared goals of efficiently and effectively delivering our services for the benefit of our citizens.”

Hall, who has worked at the agency for more than two decades, has frequently been at the governor’s side offering daily updates on the historic rain event that swamped much of South Carolina, knocking out 150 bridges and forcing the closure of 391 roads ranging from two-lane blacktops to interstate highways.

During the news conference announcing her appointment, Hall said 72% of the closures reported after the Oct. 3-4 storm that dumped up to 2 feet of rain on some areas, have been reopened.

Hall takes over an agency that is short of funds as it works to repair South Carolina’s crumbling transportation infrastructure. The agency said it faces a funding shortfall of up to $1.5 billion a year through 2040 to fix such problems as potholes and rickety bridges.

So far, the General Assembly and the governor have not agreed on a way to come up with the money to needed for the work.

Hall, a graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, began her career in road design and has held numerous management positions including program manager, district construction engineer in District 3 in the Upstate and district engineering administrator for District 2, also in the Upstate.

Hall is a registered professional engineer in the state of South Carolina.

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