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Pence Wednesday also tabbed Indianapolis City-County councilman Jeff Cardwell to lead the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

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Carter (left) will replace outgoing chief Paul Whitesell.

The Indiana State Police will have a new superintendent when Governor-elect Mike Pence takes office.

Indiana State Police veteran Doug Carter will replace outgoing superintendent Paul Whitesell in January. Carter spent 18 years as a state police trooper before serving two terms as Hamilton County Sheriff. Pence notes that during Carter’s tenure, Hamilton County became only the second county in the state to earn national accreditation.

“Carter also worked to reduce redundancy in public safety by coordinating and communicating with public safety agencies throughout central Indiana and earned a regional, if not statewide reputation for integrity and service and collaboration,” he says.

Pence says Whitesell withdrew his name from consideration for the job. Whitesell drew controversy in recent weeks for appearing to promote marijuana decriminalization.

Pence Wednesday also reappointed Rob Carter head of the Department of Natural Resources and tabbed Indianapolis City-County councilman Jeff Cardwell to lead the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

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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  • Bill Smith

    Naming Doug Carter, a career politician, as Superintendent of the Indiana state Police was based on political favor. Governor-elect Mike Pence just could not overlook the fact that the Rebublican Machine in Hamilton contributes heavily to the party. Governor Pence promised the group that represents the State Troopers that he wanted to work with them and asked for names of those they group thought would be best suited for the position. Mr. Carter was not endorsed by the group. There was overwhelming support for two other candidates who did not have the political clout that Mr. Carter has but would have been a better fit for the department. Governor-elect Mike Pence knew there was a morale problem within the department but did nothing to improve it when he selected Mr. Carter. The good guys never get a look. Oh well, it’s politics as usual.

  • http://twitter.com/420MEDsmoker 420 Med Smoker

    Is this guy a marijuana prohibitionist seeking to save us from ourselves? Does he understand Liberty and the total failure the war of weed is? Is his head in the sand or is he a champion of Freedom? Marijuana is the gateway to police intrusion; allowing our youth to be made criminals for simple possession. We can do so much better as a people…

  • http://www.facebook.com/clyde.coulter.1 Clyde Coulter

    Exactly. Every “war on ….nameit…” has been a disaster. It’s time to stop putting people in cages that harm noone else. It’s not the governments job to protect us from ourselves. But it is time for government to support our freedoms and protect us from the federal state.

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