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Ethics Board Approves INDOT Commissioner’s Move To Purdue

The State Ethics Commission gave its approval for INDOT Commissioner Michael Cline to become Purdue's Vice President for Physical Facilities.

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INDOT Commissioner Michael Cline is moving to Purdue University.

Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Michael Cline will leave state government for a job at Purdue after the state Ethics Commission gave their approval Thursday.

The move is made possible by a waiver from the governor.

INDOT and Purdue University collaborate on a number of projects, notably the Joint Transportation Research Project. Purdue also receives federal money through an INDOT program.

Normally, outgoing INDOT Commissioner Michael Cline would have to wait a year after leaving state government before taking a job with an employer that is linked to the state agency he has been leading.

But Governor Mike Pence’s office has issued a waiver allowing Cline to skip that requirement and become Purdue’s Vice President for Physical Facilities.

In the waiver, the governor’s office says Cline’s experience as INDOT commissioner will benefit his service to the state university and is therefore in the public interest.

The Purdue position would have required Cline to lobby the legislature, which is prohibited for one year after leaving a state government position.

Purdue says other employees will carry out that function.

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Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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