Arnold appointed director of DNR law enforcement

 

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

The state legislator who represents the southern half of Dubois County will change sooner than expected.

Arnold

State Rep. Lloyd Arnold, R-Leavenworth will become the new director of law enforcement for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in 11 days.

Arnold currently represents District 74, which includes Cass, Ferdinand, Jackson, Jefferson and Patoka townships in Dubois County as well as portions of Spencer and Orange counties and all of Perry and Crawford counties. He has been a representative since 2012, succeeding Ferdinand native Sue Ellspermann.

“I have been honored and blessed to serve the people as a legislator, and I will miss that,” Arnold said this morning. “But I will still be a public servant in this new capacity. And I am still available to the people if they need me.”

By law, Arnold cannot work for the state and serve as a state legislator at the same time. So he is resigning from his legislator post.

Dubois County’s other legislator in the Indiana House of Representatives, State Rep. Mike Braun, R-Jasper, has announced that he will run for the U.S. Senate next year. Since his District 63 seat is up for re-election, Braun cannot run for both positions at the same time. District 63 encompasses Bainbridge, Boone, Columbia, Hall, Harbison, Madison and Marion townships in Dubois County and parts of Pike, Daviess and Martin counties.

State legislator terms are two years, and the District 63 and 74 seats will be on next year’s ballot.

So, Arnold’s successor for the 2018 legislative session will soon be appointed by a caucus of Republican precinct committeemen that comprise District 74. And next year, county voters will choose new legislators for both District 63 and 74.

Arnold said that Gov. Eric Holcomb asked him to take the DNR position. Holcomb and DNR Director Cameron Clark announced Arnold’s appointment on Wednesday. Arnold replaces Danny East, who left DNR last month, and will start the new job on Oct. 23.

Arnold, who turned 44 Sunday, is a graduate of Perry Central High School and has served in the U.S. Army. He later joined the Indiana National Guard and was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1998. In 2003, he served the Indiana National Guard in Iraq as an executive officer. While in Iraq, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge. Arnold’s tradition of public service continued as a reserve sheriff’s deputy in Crawford County and as a representative on the sheriff department’s merit board.

He opened Servpro, a water and fire damage business, in Crawford County in 2007. He later sold his business while serving at the Statehouse and became executive director of the Orange County Economic Development Partnership.

As a state representative, he served as vice chair of the Natural Resources Committee and was a member of the Agriculture, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety, and Elections and Appointments committees.

“I see this as a great opportunity,” Arnold said. “My experience in the Legislature will help me in this new position in many ways, in understanding how the legislative branch works and how things get done. I am looking forward to having a more active role in protecting our natural resources and leading the officers who protect those resources.”

Arnold and his wife, Jody, have been married for 20 years and have four sons.




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