DPS nominee to be asked about trooper misconduct

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Mark Sanford's nominee to lead the Department of Public Safety will head to the hot seat when senators question him about how to restore public trust in the agency.

Former State Law Enforcement Division chief of staff Mark Keel was chosen to head the agency that oversees the Highway Patrol after Sanford accepted the resignations of Public Safety Director James Schweitzer and Highway Patrol Col. Russell Roark.

Both men resigned following the release of videos that showed trooper misconduct, including using a racial slur and threatening a fleeing suspect.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee say Keel will face a grilling from lawmakers Thursday but are confident the misconduct will stop when he assumes control of the agency.

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