Homeland security chief armed with broad skills

A Greenwood man who spent 29 years as a police officer with the Indiana State Police and helped plan evacuation routes for victims of Hurricane Katrina will use his experience to lead the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Gov. Mike Pence has appointed John Hill as executive director of the department, which is responsible for preventing acts of domestic terrorism, such as shootings, and for helping residents during man-made and natural disasters, such as the tornado that struck Henryville last year.

From 1974 to 2003, Hill worked as a police officer for the Indiana State Police, moving up from road trooper to major by the time he retired. While there, Hill led the field enforcement

department, commercial vehicle enforcement department and logistics division.

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