State Education Department hires new spokesman
The S.C. Department of Education has a new director of legislative and public affairs. Dino Teppara, a former state Department of Employment and Workforce executive and aide to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Lexington, started this month as the new spokesman for the Education Department.
Teppara succeeds Jay Ragley, who resigned last month to take a job overseeing legislative activities in several Southeastern states for a private online education company.
Teppara is an attorney who most recently worked as assistant executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s appellate division. He was a law clerk to S.C. Court of Appeals Judge H. Samuel Stilwell and worked as an aide to Wilson for seven years. From 2006-08, Teppara was Wilson’s chief of staff and counsel.
Teppara has nearly four years experience in public relations, working as an attorney for a Washington, D.C., based firm and running his own company.
“I’m glad to welcome Dino to the team,” state schools Superintendent Mick Zais said in a news release. “His service to South Carolina from Capitol Hill to Columbia made him an ideal choice.”
S.C. law officers group gets new state director
The organization that represents South Carolina’s law officers is getting a new leader. The S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association said Monday it had hired Ryan Alphin as its executive director.
Alphin has been an investigator with the Strom Law Firm in Columbia since 2004. He takes over for Jarrod Bruder, who joined the S.C. Sheriff’s Association earlier this year as deputy director and plans to become that group’s executive director when Jeff Moore retires next year.
The Law Enforcement Officers Association has nearly 8,000 members statewide.
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Governor’s schedule and activities
Gov. Nikki Haley’s publicly announced schedule for the rest of this week, released Monday by her staff, is:
Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – Speak at the opening of the new Department of Juvenile Justice job readiness training center, Shivers Road, Columbia
Wednesday, 10:40 a.m. – Tour the new terminal at the S.C. Inland Port, Greer
Wednesday, 2 p.m. – Hold a military commanders meeting, State House grounds
Thursday, 9 a.m. – Lead the opening ceremonies for Imagination 2013 hosted by the Hilton Head Island Institute, Hilton Head
Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – Visit The Hilton Head Island School for Creative Arts, Hilton Head Island
Friday, 12:30 p.m. – Speak at the Women of Woodside luncheon, Woodside Plantation Country Club, Aiken
Friday, 2:15 p.m. – Tour Kimberly-Clark’s Beech Island manufacturing facility, Beech Island
According to her staff, the governor’s activities last week included:
3 – Media activities, a press conference concerning post-hacking security for S.C. taxpayers, a media call and a photo op with pageant winners
2 each – Meetings or calls concerning state policy; also, constituent calls or meetings
1 each – Meeting of her cabinet; also, a ceremonial duty, joining General Motors executives to announce a scholarship; also, a meeting with members of the S.C. Education Association to discuss education; also, a meeting concerning an unidentified state agency; also, a day spent campaigning for GOP nominee Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor’s race
Busiest day – Monday, with seven activities
Slowest day – Thursday, with one activity, campaigning in Virginia
Of note – Haley’s calendar included no activities Friday