Former Hawaii director under fire in South Carolina

Lillian Koller (Photo: WACH)
Lillian Koller (Photo: WACH)

The former head of Hawaii’s human services department is coming under fire in her new role as director of social services in South Carolina.

Lillian Koller, who worked under the Lingle administration, is facing tough questions from critics who say her department is plagued with problems.

On Wednesday, state lawmakers grilled Koller during a tense meeting.

“I think there’s a tremendous void in leadership. I really do,” said Sen. Joel Lourie (D-Richland County, S.C.) “I leave here today even more convinced than I was two weeks ago that we’ve got the wrong person running the agency.”

“If I thought that my resignation would save the life of even one child, the governor would have my resignation,” Koller said.

Lawmakers raised concerns about worker caseloads and child deaths.

Koller told South Carolina lawmakers that the number of workers has been increased. She also says there’s been a 25-percent decline in child deaths.

Lawmakers say they want to question Koller again in a couple of weeks.

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