INDIANAPOLIS — Republican Mike Pence so far has looked to Gov. Mitch Daniels’ outgoing administration to fill key jobs in his new Cabinet.
Pence announced three appointments Wednesday, and all are serving now for Daniels, although the governor-elect said some of his future appointments will come from outside state government.
“We’re talking to a broad range of men and women about Cabinet positions, some of whom have served the state of Indiana in the past and some who haven’t served the state,” Pence said.
“We’re simply — bottom line — looking for the best people, looking to retain them, looking to recruit ’em,” Pence said.
“It’s going to be the people of this administration and this state government that are going to take Indiana to the next level.”
Pence said Anita Samuel will serve as director of state personnel, where she will oversee human resources.
Samuel has been serving as the department’s general counsel.
“Anita Samuel has an impressive record of service in the Daniels administration,” Pence said.
“She is a proven leader who will capably serve the thousands of dedicated Hoosiers who work for the people and state of Indiana.”
Robert Wynkoop, current commissioner of the Indiana Department of Administration, will continue in the same capacity under Pence.
Formerly the department’s deputy commissioner for procurement, Wynkoop was named commissioner in 2010.
Mike Alley was appointed commissioner of the Indiana Department of Revenue earlier this year and will continue to serve in that role in the Pence administration.
Pence also appointed Chris Atkins to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Atkins had served as that agency’s general counsel and policy director under Daniels.
“A new administration must start on Jan. 14, and our expectation is to be in a place where we have not only put our team together but we’ve put together a Cabinet of senior agency personnel so that there will be a seamless transfer of authority from one administration to the next,” Pence said.
Pence, a native of Columbus, said he’s asked the heads of 60 state agencies to tell him whether they would like to stay in their positions, move to another post or leave state government.
His staff is now evaluating those responses.
He also said he’s been busy interviewing as many as a dozen people a day for new key positions in his administration.