Former Clay County Sheriff Rob Carter visited the 2005 Clay County Lincoln Day Dinner Monday to talk about the duties of his new job and thank the people who nurtured him.
"Thank you Clay County for believing in me. I'll never let you down," Carter told a crowd of Republicans at the Center Point United Methodist Church.
Carter was appointed Director of Law Enforcement of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources by Gov. Mitch Daniels.
He officially began in his new position on March 7.
"The Department of Natural Resources is the last place I thought I'd find myself," he said.
He has been doing a little bit of everything from working with the Coast Guard to fighting methamphetamine and marijuana usage.
Every day starts with a trip to the second floor of the south state office complex at 6:45 a.m.
Carter gets a heads up on the daily activities and what happened over night.
"Each day is different," Carter said.
Receiving a briefing of what happened the night before is something new for Carter.
When he was sheriff he said his "phone rang at all hours of the night," but now his phone never rings because he has enough people working under him.
He spent his first couple of days asking himself what he was doing at the DNR.
"Everything that I encountered at the DNR was bigger than I was used to," but he has since adjusted, he said.
Following Daniels' election, Carter was contacted about the DNR position and he said he hated the idea of leaving the office of sheriff.
"Leaving was a tough sell for me.
Daniels intrigued Carter, however.
"I really liked his style," Carter said. "I knew he was going to walk the walk and talk the talk.
"It was a tough decision to leave the office of sheriff but I couldn't pass up the chance to work with Mitch Daniels," he said.
Carter has never looked back.