Governor calls Sheriff to state law enforcement post
Gov. Mitch Daniels has called upon Clay County for the third time to fill a position in his administration.
"Rob Carter has demonstrated outstanding leadership in community law enforcement," said Gov. Daniels about the man he met during his 2003/04 campaign throughout the state.
Whenever Daniels traveled through Brazil, he enjoyed lunch with local citizens at the Brazil I-70 Truck Stop. They got to know each other very well.
"Gov. Daniels loved the citizens of Brazil and Clay County. He liked their wholesome high-spiritedness," Clay County Sheriff Rob Carter said Friday. "I think the way this community welcomed him affected him."
Carter talked to Daniels about public safety issues. Through Carter's efforts, sheriff's departments around the state provided the Governor with public safety information.
"Indiana conservation officers are an important part of our public safety network and Rob Carter will strengthen the already strong ties between conservation officers and local law enforcement departments," Gov. Daniels said.
Carter will assume the rank of Colonel when he becomes Director of Law Enforcement of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. In the new position, Carter will be working closely with the Indiana Conservation Officers who enforce fish and wildlife regulations, recreation and environmental and criminal laws of the state.
"Its an honor to be considered for a cabinet-level position," Carter said of the appointment. "It will be very exciting to work for Gov. Daniels, but there is sorrow in leaving the staff of this department and its family-like atmosphere."
It was not a quick decision for Carter.
"He's got a great opportunity, one that many in law enforcement wouldn't have hesitated a minute to take, but Rob did," said Chief Deputy Larry Pierce. "He wanted to check with his family before making that decision. He's like that, a real good guy. Rob will be greatly missed."
Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers also shared his well wishes and reflected on Carter's Clay County career.
"I have enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with Sheriff Carter, and I know he will be an asset to the DNR.
Carter, who's dreamed of a career in law enforcement since childhood, was recommended for the position by DNR Director Kyle Hupfer.
"Rob understands that one of the most important responsibilities of Indiana conservation officers is to teach people that safety must come first when hunting, fishing, camping and simply enjoying the great outdoors," Hupfer said. "I am confident that Rob will be very successful as the DNR's chief conservation officer."
Carter submitted a letter of resignation that will take effect March 7, 2005. The new job is a natural progression for Carter.
"This is a unique and exciting opportunity that I'm proud to be a part of," he said. "I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead."
In November 1987, Carter began his law enforcement career as a Clay County reserve officer. In two years he was a county deputy, and appointed to the position of chief deputy in 1996.
Elected sheriff in 1998, and re-elected in 2002, Carter's favorite moments have been spent with Clay County's youngest citizens.
"Being able to talk to children, make an impact in their lives, have been some of the greatest moments in my career," Carter said of his talks in the local schools.
During a school year Carter speaks to more than 1,000 students with the help of principals and school administration.
"I am very grateful to the citizens of Clay County," Carter said. He may be working in Indianapolis, but his roots and family will be staying here. "It's truly been an honor to serve them."