Eric Holcomb spent his first hours as governor signing 11 executive orders. The first establishes a new position aimed at battling the statewide drug epidemic. Jim McClelland, who retired in 2015 as chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, will serve as executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement.
Holcomb says "since 1999, Indiana has seen a 500 percent increase in drug overdose deaths. This is an epidemic tragically affecting Hoosiers from every walk of life in every part of our state. This new position will provide the urgent and concerted attention required to effectively reduce the impact drug addiction is having on families, individuals and children."
The other executive orders include:
- Continuing the Governor’s Emergency Advisory Group
- Continuing the Indiana Toll Road Oversight Board
- Continuing the Indiana State Trauma Care Committee
- Continuing the Office of Public Finance
- Continuing the Indiana State Historical Records Advisory Board
- Continuing WGU Indiana in partnership with Western Governor’s University
- Continuing the Office of State-based Initiatives
- Continuing the Governor’s Management and Performance Hub
- Continuing the Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives
- Continuing the Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity
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