News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 10, 2013

Former Clay sheriff may leave IDNR for Ivy Tech post

Waiting for Ethics Commission ruling

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence is losing two agency heads only a few months into his new administration.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported that Indiana Department of Natural Resources chief Rob Carter has asked the Indiana Ethics Commission for a formal opinion on whether he can accept a position at Ivy Tech Community College.

Prior to joining the DNR, Carter spent most of his career with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department. He joined that department in 1989 and was first named chief deputy in 1996. He was elected sheriff twice, serving from 1998 until February 2005, when appointed as director of the DNR by former Gov. Mitch Daniels.

“He wanted to make sure there is no conflict of interest” with a potential position at Ivy Tech Community College, said Phil Bloom, DNR spokesman.

Robert Wynkoop left his post as Indiana Department of Administration commissioner last month. He’s asking the commission to approve his move to a Purdue University job that he started several weeks ago.

The Ethics Commission will hear the requests Thursday.

Pence had tapped both men in December to remain in positions they began under former Gov. Mitch Daniels. Daniels is now president of Purdue University.

The Terre Haute Tribune-Star contributed to this report.