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For Immediate Release: Nov 21, 2006
DNR's Hupfer resigns; Carter named as new director

INDIANAPOLIS (November 21, 2006) ? Department of Natural Resources Director Kyle Hupfer has submitted his resignation to Governor Mitch Daniels. The governor has selected Robert Carter, Jr., the department?s director of law enforcement, to replace him.

Hupfer has accepted a position as general counsel for ProLiance Energy in Indianapolis and will step down December 1. He joined state government in February 2005.

?Kyle interrupted his career to serve in state government, and we?re grateful for the two years he?s given. He?s led some important initiatives during his tenure, including implementing a new forestry plan, the acquisition of Goose Pond, and development of a statewide trails and greenways plan,? said Daniels.

The governor said Carter will be tasked with continuing to push forward with the state?s outdoor recreation plan and improving the condition of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) properties across the state.

Before joining DNR, Carter, of Brazil, was twice elected as Clay County Sheriff, the first time in 1998, and served until February 2005. He joined the Clay County Sheriff?s Department in 1989 and was appointed chief deputy in 1996. In his current position, Carter oversees 250 DNR conservation and law enforcement employees.