Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann has named the former Democratic state representative to become the director of intergovernmental relations.
Indiana is diverting federal money to help local communities demolish abandoned homes.
Veterans will be able to start the jobs training in January at Ivy Tech Southwest.
The office aims to assist companies with fewer than 500 employees, which account for 99 percent of Indiana businesses.
Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb and vice chair Sandi Huddleston plan to step down July 9.
The lieutenant governor debate held at the Indiana State Fair focused on agricultural issues.
The roles of the lieutenant governor will change when the next administration takes over in January.
Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman has been in China seeking investments for the state.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence will announce his choice for running mate Monday. A few names are being floated as possibilities.
Poltical talk has suggested Representative Sue Ellspermann although those involved say they cannot confirm or deny the speculation.