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Gov. Pence turns to legal community for board appointments

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A litigation attorney for the Indiana Department of Child Services, Luke Britt, has been appointed as the Indiana Public Access Counselor.

Gov. Mike Pence announced Britt’s appointment Thursday, Aug. 22. In addition, the governor tapped other members of the legal community to serve on the Indiana Board of Tax Review and the Parole Board.

Charles Miller, assistant supervisor with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, will serve on the Parole Board. A graduate of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, he will serve through June 30, 2015.

Ted Holaday, senior administrative law judge at the Board of Tax Review since 2002, and John Elrod, practicing attorney, were both named to the Indiana Board of Tax Review.

Holaday was a deputy Attorney General from 1977 to 2004. He is also a graduate of the IU McKinney School of Law. His term runs through Jan. 1, 2016.

A graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Elrod is currently a partner at Elrod & Mascher, LLC, in Indianapolis. His term begins Oct. 1 and continues through Jan. 1, 2015.

Pence also re-appointed Betsy Brand to the Board of Tax Review. Her term runs through Jan. 1, 2015.

In his new role, Britt will provide advice and assistance concerning Indiana’s public access law to private citizens, government officials and state employees. Prior to joining DCS, he worked at the Indiana State Department of Health and was an attorney at R. Lee Money law firm in Greenwood.

He received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. His term runs through June 30, 2015.

Britt is replacing Joe Hoage who will become the chief legal counsel for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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