updated: 8/13/2010 4:04:06 PM

Daniels Announces Leadership Changes in Budget Office

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Governor Mitch Daniels is making some leadership changes within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Christopher Ruhl, director of the State Budget Agency, will become the new director of OMB. Adam Horst will take over Rhul's duties.

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Press Release

Indianapolis (August 13, 2010) – Governor Mitch Daniels today announced leadership changes at Indiana’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The Governor announced the following:

·Christopher Ruhl, Director of the State Budget Agency, will become the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Ruhl succeeds Ryan Kitchell who is returning to the private sector.

·Adam Horst, Deputy Director of the State Budget Agency, will become the new Director of the State Budget Agency.

As the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Ruhl will manage eight agencies including the State Budget Agency, Government Efficiency and Financial Planning, Indiana Department of Revenue, Department of Local Government Finance, Indiana Finance Authority, State Board of Accounts and Indiana’s pension funds.

“Indiana’s sound fiscal footing and budget reserves are the envy of almost every other state in the nation, and much of the credit goes to these two young men. Hoosier taxpayers can count on Chris, Adam and their team to continue safeguarding every tax dollar and squeezing maximum performance from every corner of state government,” said Daniels.

Ruhl was appointed Director of the Indiana State Budget Agency in June 2007. Previously, he served as Policy Director and General Counsel at OMB. In this role, Ruhl represented the Daniels administration on tax, budget and fiscal policy matters, including the adoption and administration of two biennial state budgets. Prior to assuming his responsibilities at OMB in January, 2005, Ruhl practiced in the area of state and local tax law with the law firm of Baker & Daniels LLP in Indianapolis. He holds a degree in finance from the Broad School of Business at Michigan State University and a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law, cum laude.

Horst was appointed Deputy Director of the Indiana State Budget Agency in August 2007. He previously served as Director of Government Efficiency and Financial Planning at OMB. Horst holds a degree in government and psychology from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kitchell will be rejoining the private sector as Vice President and Treasurer at Clarian Health. He joined the Daniels Administration in January 2005 as the state’s Public Finance Director. Daniels appointed him Director of OMB in June 2007. Kitchell’s tenure is highlighted by Indiana’s bond rating being increased to AAA status, three balanced budgets, financing for the new Lucas Oil Stadium and Convention Center expansion and the lease of the Indiana Toll Road. Previously, he worked in various corporate treasury and controllership roles at Eli Lilly and Co. and was a research associate for the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute.

“It is commonplace for people to say a person’s leadership was invaluable, but in Ryan’s case we can put a value on it. He helped Indiana come out of bankruptcy, building $1.3 billion in reserves and $3.8 billion in new infrastructure investment through Major Moves, to name just two of his contributions,” said Daniels. “Hoosiers were fortunate to have a public servant so dedicated to the financial wellbeing of our state.”

The transition of duties will occur over the next month with an effective date of September 17, 2010.

Source: Office of the Governor

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