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Some top Daniels aides plan to stay on through 2012

Sunday, December 18, 2011

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- A group of senior state executives who've led agencies under Mitch Daniels took office and intend to remain until he finishes his second term generally agree on one thing: They joined the public sector because of the Republican governor and they have stayed because of him.

The Journal Gazette reported Sunday the group includes Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell, Gaming Commission Executive Director Ernest Yelton, Inspector General David Thomas, Environmental Management Commissioner Thomas Easterly and Director Jim Payne of the Department of Child Services.

Yelton was a trial court judge for 25 years before he joined the Daniels administration.

He says his tenure at the Gaming Commission "has been one heck of a ride" and he intends to stay on until Daniels' term ends at the end of 2012.

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