Indiana DOT Gets Interim Commissioner, Gov. Lining Up Permanent Replacement

AASHTO Journal, 12 July 2013

Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced late last month that Brandye Hendrickson, deputy commissioner of the Greenfield District since 2007, would serve as Indiana Department of Transportation interim director, effective June 28. Hendrickson has since been filling the vacancy left by INDOT Commissioner Michael Cline, who left the department after three years for a position at Purdue University.

“I am confident that Brandye Hendrickson will lead INDOT in this interim period with skill and integrity,” Pence said in a statement last month.

On Wednesday, Pence released another statement announcing he has chosen former Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Karl Browning to resume his old role after former Commissioner Mike Cline left the department late last month.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Karl Browning as the next Commissioner,” said Gov. Mike Pence in a statement. “Karl is the right leader for this agency at a critical time in the development of our state’s infrastructure, and I am grateful he is willing to continue to serve the people of Indiana in this role. He brings extensive experience, integrity and a steady hand to one of the state government’s most important tasks. Under his leadership, the Indiana Department of Transportation will operate efficiently and for the benefit of Hoosiers across the state.”

Browning previously held the role of INDOT commissioner from 2006-2009. Most recently, he served as executive director of the Hoosier Lottery since 2011. Browning also has held the position of chief information officer of the Indiana Office of Technology, while also carrying private sector experience from serving as president of The Schneider Corporation and senior vice president and chief information officer at Golden Rule Insurance Company.

INDOT officials say Hendrickson will continue as INDOT interim commissioner until Browning steps in. No timeline for that has yet been released. ​​​

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