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Gov-Elect Pence Names State Police Supt

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News Release Dec 20 2012:

Carmel, IN - Gov.-elect Mike Pence and Lt. Gov.-elect Sue Ellspermann today announced five more appointments to leadership positions within their administration.

Doug Carter, former sheriff of Hamilton County, has been named Superintendent of the Indiana State Police. He retired from the State Police as a trooper in 2002 after 18 years and served two terms as the Hamilton County sheriff. Under his leadership the Hamilton County Sheriff's office earned national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation in Law Enforcement (CALEA), only the second sheriff's office in the state to do so. Carter also worked to reduce redundancy in public safety by coordinating and communicating with public safety agencies throughout central Indiana. Most recently, Carter worked in the private sector providing public safety solutions to municipalities throughout the State of Indiana.

"Doug Carter is a veteran of the State Police and served the people of Hamilton County well as sheriff," said Pence. "His experience will help him provide leadership to the State Police who so capably serve all Hoosiers."

Rob Carter will continue to serve as Director of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He has held the top post at DNR since 2006. Rob Carter has been instrumental in speeding up DNR's environmental permitting process as well as leading efforts to expand Indiana's recreational trails and protect its river corridors and wetlands.

"We are pleased that Rob Carter will continue to lead Indiana's efforts to steward its outstanding natural resources," said Pence. "He has brought efficiency and accountability to DNR, and we look forward to working with him."

Jeff Cardwell will join the Pence Administration as the Executive Director of the Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI), a position that will be part of Gov.-elect Pence's Cabinet. Cardwell is an entrepreneur and business owner who launched the nonprofit People Helping People in 2001 to address issues of housing and hunger both locally and abroad.

"Jeff Cardwell has made helping people a priority in his life," said Pence. "His background in business and the non-profit world, coupled with his ability to bring people together to solve problems will make a difference for thousands of Hoosiers in need."

Lt. Gov.-elect Ellspermann announced that Dax Norton will be heading up the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Norton has eight years of experience in economic development and was a small business owner for eight years. He has been the executive director of the Boone County Economic Development Corporation since 2008 and previously led economic development for Blackford County and downtown Greensburg, Indiana.

"Dax Norton understands that economic development in rural communities is driven by strong community development," said Ellspermann. "His experience in both will be a great asset to OCRA."

Zac Jackson will be the majority Deputy Budget Director. Jackson has worked in the Indiana State Budget Agency for the past eight years as a budget analyst and as an assistant director over the Health and Human Services Division. He will assist OMB Director Chris Atkins who also will serve as Budget Director.

"Zac Jackson's background in fiscal policy and his experience in financial management at the Budget Agency will make him an invaluable member of our team as we manage the state's finances and build our first recommended budget," said Pence.

Pence also announced additional senior staff hires.

Ryan Streeter will join the policy team as Senior Economic Policy Director. Streeter is a Distinguished Fellow for Economic and Fiscal Policy at the Sagamore Institute and an adjunct professor at Indiana University's school of public policy. He served in the White House as a special assistant for domestic policy to George W. Bush.

Christy Denault has been named Communications Director. Denault most recently filled that role during Pence's gubernatorial campaign. She previously held communications positions at Bose Public Affairs Group and in Lt. Governor Becky Skillman's office.

Kara Brooks has been hired as Press Secretary and will serve as spokeswoman for the Governor's office. Brooks has 12 years of experience in broadcast media and has worked for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works since 2010.

"We have assembled a senior staff team of very talented people," said Pence. "They are ready to serve the people of Indiana and will do so with great integrity."

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