SC Revenue director Blume retiring

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Monday, June 23, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The director who took the helm of South Carolina's Department of Revenue following a massive hacking is retiring again.

Bill Blume's resignation takes effect July 18. Gov. Nikki Haley's office confirmed Monday she will nominate his chief of staff, Rick Reames, to replace him.

Blume has led the Cabinet agency since January 2013. He replaced Jim Etter, who left amid investigations into the nation's largest hacking of a state agency.

Blume says it's time to begin his real retirement.

Blume came out of retirement in 2011 to lead the South Carolina Retirement Systems. After lawmakers reformed the pension system in 2012, they appointed Blume as the first director of the Public Employee Benefits Authority. The new, larger agency added the responsibility of managing public employees' health care plans.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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