For immediate release: Jun 04, 2007
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Contact: Jane Jankowski
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Governor reorganizes OMB; names Kitchell to top post

INDIANAPOLIS (June 4, 2007) - Governor Mitch Daniels has named the state's public finance director, Ryan Kitchell, as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), replacing Charles Schalliol, and expanded responsibilities for two others within the organization.

Kitchell will oversee all agencies within OMB, including the Budget Agency, the Division of Government Efficiency and Financial Planning (GEFP), Indiana Finance Authority (IFA), Public Employees Retirement Fund, Teachers Retirement Fund, Department of Revenue, Department of Local Government Finance and the State Board of Accounts. Daniels also will issue an executive order that places the Department of Administration as an agency within OMB.

Chris Ruhl, currently OMB general counsel and policy director, will lead the Budget Agency as budget director. Previously, Schalliol served as budget director and OMB director. As Budget Director, Ruhl will direct the execution and administration of the biennial state budget, the administration's state and local tax policies and serve on the State Budget Committee. He also will continue in his role as general counsel and policy director.

Cris Johnston, who leads the Government Efficiency group, will retain that position and become the Public Finance Director, including the responsibility of chief executive of the IFA.

Daniels named Kitchell, a Kokomo native, to the public finance position shortly after being elected governor in 2004. Kitchell crafted the state financing for the new Lucas Oil Stadium and oversaw development of the contract for the lease of the Indiana Toll Road. The state's credit rating also has been upgraded during his tenure. Previously, he worked in various corporate treasury and controllership roles at Eli Lilly and Co. and was a research associate for the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute. He earned an economics degree from Indiana University, a master's degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Darmouth College and has Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

"Governor Daniels has brought the state back to fiscal solvency by operating state government more efficiently, but there are still more gains to be had.  To that end, Chris Ruhl will be focused on limiting state spending using budget agency controls while I work closely with all agencies under the OMB umbrella to find efficiency gains through better coordination and integration," said Kitchell.  

Ruhl joined OMB in January 2005. He formerly was an attorney at Baker & Daniels LLP in Indianapolis. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance from Michigan State University and his law degree from Valparaiso University.

Johnston, originally from Crown Point, leads the group that directs the statewide performance management system, including identifying and promoting cross-agency service delivery opportunities. Before joining OMB in early 2005, Johnston was a partner at Crowe Chizek and Company LLC, where he worked for 13 years providing financial advisory services to Indiana and Illinois state and local governments. He also was chief deputy for the Indiana Treasurer in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Johnston earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Wabash College, and a master's degree in business administration from Butler University.

The appointments were effective June 1.

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