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.