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ISP to get new leader in January

The Indiana State Police will have a new superintendent when Governor-elect Mike Pence takes office. ISP veteran Doug Carter will replace 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.”

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 is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. 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.