INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —
Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb has appointed a man with a controversial history in
state government to lead the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Rob Carter is
leaving his job as safety and security director for Ivy Tech Community
College to become commissioner of the state's prison system, the
Indianapolis Star reported. It's the largest state department with more than
"Rob has served
Hoosiers as a sheriff, a valued member of the Ivy Tech staff, and the head
of Indiana's Department of Natural Resources," Holcomb said. "His unique
experiences and capabilities give me every confidence that he will serve
Indiana well in this role."
Carter's last stint
leading an Indiana agency ended three years ago after lewd emails were
revealed and Ivy Tech's one-time board chairman resigned. Carter was cleared
of any wrongdoing by an inspector general's investigation, but ethics
advocates said his behavior raises serious questions about his judgment and
his willingness to bend the rules.
"Rob Carter has the
kind of experience we need at the Department of Corrections," Holcomb said
in a statement standing by the appointment. "He will be an asset to my
policy director for Common Cause Indiana, said Carter's record is "certainly
checkered." She said his past documented behavior calls into question his
judgment regarding ethics and appropriate "on-the-job behavior." Vaughn
added she was disappointed to see that his past behavior did not disqualify
him for a position in the new administration.
During his time at
Ivy Tech, Carter tracked "red flags" in student and staff behavior by
creating behavior intervention teams. Carter also standardized health and
staff efforts, introduced a mass notification system and established
building security standards.
From 2006 to 2013,
he led the Indiana Department of Natural Resources under then-Gov. Mitch
attempts to reach Carter were unsuccessful.