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Reappointing gaming, ethics chiefs among Pence’s moves

Incoming Gov. Mike Pence continued Friday to fill out agency posts in his new administration, reappointing the head of the Indiana Gaming Commission and state’s chief ethics officer.

Ernest Yelton will maintain his post as executive director of Indiana’s gaming agency, and David Thomas will remain Indiana’s inspector general.

They were among 12 appointments announced Friday.

Others picked include:

•State Command Sgt. Maj. James M. Brown of Indianapolis has been named director of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Most recently, he served as Indiana National Guard state command sergeant major in early 2011, a position he previously held from 2005 to 2009. In 2010, he served in Afghanistan as a member of an Embedded Training Team. Brown joined the U.S. Army in 1969 and served in the infantry in Vietnam.

•Scott B. Sanders will continue as commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, overseeing training and employment programs for Hoosiers, unemployment insurance systems and regional economic growth initiatives for Indiana. Before being appointed commissioner in early 2012, Sanders served within the Department of Workforce Development since 2006.

•Jamal Smith will serve as executive director of the Civil Rights Commission. Smith previously worked as Gov. Mitch Daniels’ senior adviser for minority affairs. He has more than 10 years of senior-level management experience, including the areas of procurement, marketing and business development.

•Paul Baltzell will serve as the state’s chief information officer and director of the Indiana Office of Technology. Since 2006, Baltzell has served in state government as deputy chief information officer of delivery services and distributed services manager within the office of technology.

Also, Stephen Robertson will head the Department of Insurance; Matt Strittmatter will serve as superintendent of the Indiana State Excise Police; Mary Davidsen will be the director and chief environmental law judge in the Office of Environmental Adjudication; Aaron Raff was named chief administrative law judge for the State Employees Appeals Commission; Patrick Mapes will serve as chairman of the Education Employment Relations Board; and David Stippler will serve as the utility consumer counselor.

“I am honored to have the continued commitment of these public servants who have so steadfastly served the people of Indiana in recent years,” Pence said.

“We anticipate great success for the state under their guidance.”

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