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Pence Names New Homeland Security Director

Four more Daniels agency heads will stay on in new administration

12/13/2012


Governor-elect Mike Pence and Lieutenant Governor-elect Sue Ellspermann with new Department of Homeland Security executive director John Hill (left) and Indiana Adjutant General Martin Umbarger (right). (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)

Governor-elect Mike Pence has named a former agency head under President George W. Bush the state's next homeland security director, and reappointed four of Governor Mitch Daniels' agency heads.

John Hill is a former Indiana State Police commander who headed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from 2006 to 2009. Pence says Hill's combination of state and federal experience gives him a unique ability to understand the interplay between agencies.

Hill replaces Joe Wainscott.

INDOT Commissioner Michael Cline, Adjutant General Martin Umbarger, state tourism director Mark Newman and Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority director Jacob Sipe will all stay on in the new administration. They'll join Indiana Department of Revenue Commissioner Mike Alley, whose reappointment was announced last week.

Pence says he'll rely on Cline as the state completes projects begun under Daniels, including the I-69 extension and Ohio River bridge projects.

The incoming governor says it's too soon to say how those projects will be funded -- he notes a final decision hasn't even been made yet on the route to link Indianapolis to Crane via I-69. But he vows the state will fulfill the commitment to complete the highway.

The first 67-mile section of the extension, from Crane to Evansville, opened last month.

Pence repeated a campaign pledge to name a blue-ribbon panel to work out an infrastructure plan beyond the projects already on the drawing board.

Virgil Madden, an adviser to departing Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, will replace Frances Kelly as head of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

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