Former North Augusta Councilman and State Representative T. Scott Beck has been appointed as Chairman of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission.


Beck, who has been a commissioner since June 30, 2008, has been serving as interim chairman for more than two years. On Wednesday, Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him to a full two-year term at the helm of the panel.


“The leadership that he has shown has directly affected what we are seeing on that commission now,” Hailey said, praising Beck at a press conference.


The WCC is responsible for administering the workers’ compensation law in South Carolina and is comprised of seven commissioners appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Commissioners serve terms of six years each.


Talking Wednesday evening, Beck described the WCC as running like any company, with the chairman in the CEO position.


He was thankful for the governor’s words of praise, but felt the commission was a team of seven working very hard to give taxpayers their money’s worth.


At the press conference, Haley stated that actions Beck’s administration have taken have made a positive impact financially and in claimants rights. The governor highlighted that the number of days it is taking for claims to be dealt with has dropped from 233 to 83 days.


“The reduction is in the number of days, to hearing. When you go from 200-some days to 80-some days the money that is saved, by that decrease in time to get to a hearing, is very, very significant,” Beck said.


Beck graduated from Penn State University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree and worked at the Tyrone Borough Police Department in Pennsylvania. He held various positions in law enforcement between 1979 and 1996.


Beck headed south and was elected as a North Augusta City Councilman in 1993. He served the council until 1996, when he was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives. Beck worked in the House and attended law school, graduating from the USC School of Law in 1999.


In 2000, he left the House and began working as an assistant attorney general where, from 2000 to 2008, Beck prosecuted health care fraud cases.