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Incoming Indiana Gov. Holcomb Taps Franklin Mayor McGuinness to Head DOT

Indiana's incoming governor, Eric Holcomb, appointed Franklin, Ind., Mayor Joe McGuinness to be commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, days after naming DOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson to become director of the Indiana State Personnel Department.

Holcomb takes office Jan. 9, and his department chiefs would step in the same day.

capitol0816.jpgThe Republic newspaper described McGuinness as a second-term Franklin mayor who "has been heavily involved in advocating for permanent increased road funding for local governments and is on a committee, comprised of mostly legislators, that has been reviewing funding options and priorities."

The governor-elect announced his choice as the new transportation CEO on Jan. 5, the same day Holcomb unveiled his administration's legislative agenda. It includes creation of "a 20-year plan to fund roads and bridges," through such options as raising motor fuel taxes and indexing them to inflation, tolling, private investment partnerships and new fees for alternative-fuel vehicles.

The changes come as state lawmakers are already advancing proposals to increase transportation funding.

Hendrickson has been DOT commissioner since Gov. Mike Pence appointed her to that position on April 22, 2015. She had earlier been the department's deputy commissioner and human resources director.

Holcomb has also chosen DOT Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy Commissioner Lori Torres to be the state's inspector general in the new administration. Torres previously served six years as Indiana's commissioner of labor.

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