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INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness leaves state government

Alec Gray
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One of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s longest-tenured cabinet members is leaving state government.

Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness is stepping down after more than five years leading the agency. McGuinness is joining a new local government infrastructure management consultant company.

In a statement, Holcomb said McGuinness will leave a legacy that will have a long-lasting impact on Hoosiers. He cited projected completion of Interstate 69 from Evansville to Indianapolis, earlier than expected; the largest single investment in public transit in the state’s history, which incorporates rail projects in northwest Indiana; and creation of a program to beautify more than 60,000 acres of medians and roadsides along state highways.

McGuinness’s replacement is Mike Smith, a longtime deputy commissioner at the agency who’s also been INDOT’s chief operating officer since 2017. Smith’s first day in the new job is Monday.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.