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SC DOT director resigns after 1 year on the job

Janet Oakley | SCDOT Janet Oakley | SCDOT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The director of South Carolina's Department of Transportation has resigned just 13 months after Gov. Nikki Haley put her at the helm.

Janet Oakley resigned Monday from her $156,000 job. Her letter to Haley gave no reason. She offered to stay in the position until Haley finds her replacement.

Oakley's resignation comes amid months of debate about how to fund road and bridge construction. The DOT has said it needs an additional $1.5 billion yearly just to bring roads to good condition.

The provision of a 2007 restructuring law that let Haley appoint the director is set to expire July 1. But the state budget is expected to include a clause extending the power.

Oakley replaced Robert St. Onge, who resigned after being charged with driving under the influence.

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