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Transportation, Guard chiefs stay

Pence keeps top brass of Daniels’ administration

– Incoming Gov. Mike Pence continued Thursday the trend of keeping Gov. Mitch Daniels’ agency heads in place as he builds his administration.

Pence announced that Maj. Gen. Martin Umbarger would continue as head of Indiana’s National Guard and Michael Cline would continue as state transportation commissioner. He also said John Hill would take over Homeland Security and Virgil Madden would run the state’s licensing board.

Hill joins the new administration after a career as the head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration under former President George W. Bush and the president of a truck safety consulting firm he formed in 2009. Madden will move from Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman’s office, where he is a senior policy adviser.

Pence announced last week that Rob Wynkoop and Mike Alley would stay on in their respective jobs as Department of Administration secretary and revenue commissioner.

His election victory “was as much an affirmation of the policies and practices the state of Indiana had advanced in the last eight years as it was an affirmation of the agenda on which we ran,” Pence said.

Incoming Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann said Thursday that Mark Newman will continue as executive director of the state Office of Tourism and Development, and Jacob Sipe will continue as executive director of the Housing and Community Development Authority.