The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) recently announced the forthcoming restructuring of their agency. According to Jim Beasley, Media Relations contact for DHEC, who spoke via email Friday afternoon, Jan. 18, with The Advertiser, the restructuring “will only impact layers of management and will have no visible impact on services.” Mr. Beasley went on to say that the Edgefield office will remain intact, and no facilities will be closed as a result of this measure.
The restructuring will see the current eight regions serviced by DHEC combined into four. (See map) As Mr. Beasley explained, this move will “reclassify” or eliminate specific management positions. The goal with this restructuring is for DHEC to able to hire additional staff to enhance the department’s ability to provide services at the local level. The restructuring of DHEC will become effective March 1, 2013.