State inspector general resigns

COLUMBIA (WACH, AP) -- South Carolina's first inspector general has resigned.

George Schroeder told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he resigned at the end of April after six weeks on the job. Schroeder had been named to the $110,000 per year post in March by Gov. Nikki Haley. She created it to find waste and fraud.

Schroeder said he resigned because he believes a state law is needed to operate effectively. He said a law would clear up staffing and administrative questions. He also says the position should be independent of the governor and Legislature.

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Schroeder retired from the Legislative Audit Council two years ago as executive director. That state agency handles legislators' requests for agency reviews aimed at finding the same type of financial problems. But that agency doesn't handle requests from the governor.

After the November election, Haley put Schroeder in charge of a panel to review state spending and suggest cuts. The group briefed Haley but produced no formal final report.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)