Two cabinet members leaving Pence administration

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The head of a key state agency has resigned his position just months after he was re-appointed to it by Governor Mike Pence. I-Team 8 has learned he's accepted a new position with his old boss.

Indiana Department of Administration spokesperson Connie Smith confirmed to 24-Hour News 8 that Robert Wynkoop resigned as Commissioner of the agency on March 28.

He’s scheduled to ask the Indiana State Ethics Commission to issue a formal advisory opinion on whether he can accept a position at Purdue University. However, I-Team 8 found Wynkoop already listed on the school’s website as its Managing Director three days before the ethics commission is scheduled to meet.

Former Governor and current Purdue President Mitch Daniels appointed Wynkoop to his position as Commissioner in 2010.

Brian Renner has been named as acting director at IDOA while the search for a permanent replacement begins, Smith said.

IDOA provides support services to other state agencies, and is tasked with a myriad of procurement functions, including fleet management, the handling of state or federal surplus equipment, state contracts, real estate leasing and purchase, state travel and logistics.

A second state agency director may also be leaving his post.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Robert Carter may also leave his position, confirmed DNR spokesman Phil Bloom.

“There is an opportunity he’s considering with Ivy Tech Community College,” Bloom told 24-Hour News 8. “He wants to bring that opportunity before the Ethics Commission before he makes any final decisions.”

Carter remains in his position as director right now, Bloom said.

Governor Pence asked both Wynkoop and Carter to remain in their positions shortly after he took office in December.

Both are scheduled to appear before the Indiana Ethics Commission at its regular meeting on Thursday.

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