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Ex-FMCSA chief to lead Indiana homeland security

John Hill served almost 30 years with the Indiana State Police. (The Trucker file photo)

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence has picked former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator John Hill to be executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Pence made the announcement Thursday.

It is a cabinet-level position.

The department, formed in 2005, is responsible for a wide-range of safety and security issues.

A part of the department’s report to stakeholders issued recently reads “From training and certification for EMS and firefighters, to arson investigation, disaster planning, response and recovery, to building, elevator, amusement ride and boiler pressure safety, these seemingly disparate functions are all united under one agency for the common objective of safeguarding Hoosiers as they live, work and raise their families.”

The department played a key role in developing the security plan for Super Bowl XLVI played last February here, the report noted.

Hill served almost 30 years with the Indiana State Police and was commercial vehicle field enforcement division commander when he joined the FMCSA in 2003 as assistant administrator/chief safety officer.

He served as administrator from 2006-2009, returning to Indiana at the end of the Bush administrator to form The Hill Group, a transportation consulting firm.

Hill will replace Joseph Wainscott, the current homeland security director.

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