Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner has been named executive director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. He will be stepping down as mayor, a job he has held since 2012.
In making the announcement Friday, Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch said Spinner will lead OCRA as it works with local, state, and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to aid communities in economic and community development.
“Denny brings a wide variety of experience to the state level,” said Crouch. “He has helped lead downtown Huntingburg into a vibrant rural community and his involvement at the local level will be an asset as communities across Indiana work with OCRA to find new successful strategies to further strengthen our economic growth.”
While serving as mayor, Spinner chaired the Huntingburg Stellar Committee, which received the Stellar Community designation from the state in 2014.
“I believe the experience of leading Huntingburg has prepared me to bring a new vision to OCRA that can help Hoosiers realize how vital our rural communities are in truly creating one Indiana,” said Spinner.
Spinner replaces Matt Crouch, who was named interim director in May. Crouch will resume his duties as the deputy director of OCRA.