Official: SC gov to tap veteran officer for Public Safety

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- An official close to the selection process for a new leader of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety says the governor will nominate a veteran law officer to the job.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt Governor Mark Sanford's formal announcement Wednesday afternoon. The official says Sanford is nominating State Law Enforcement Division Major Mark Keel to head the agency that oversees the troubled state Highway Patrol.

Keel could not be reached for comment and Sanford's office would not speak about the selection.

The nominee is expected to get a grilling from senators upset over videos that recently surfaced showing state troopers using their patrol cars to ram fleeing suspects. Another videotape showed a white trooper using a racial slur while chasing a black suspect.

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